[JPL] Still Another Jazz Show June 28

Dick Crockett bopndick at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 1 01:26:33 EDT 2004

Still Another Jazz Show    June 28

Jim Rotundi Quintet      “Blues Nouveau”
NEW VISTAS      Criss Cross  Jazz

Marlena Shaw     “New York State Of Mind”
“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”   LOOKIN FOR LOVE
441 Records

Giacomo Gates      “Hittin’ The Jug/Swan Song”
CENTERPIECE       Origin Records

Terry Gibbs      “Doxy”   52nd AND BROADWAY
SONGS OF THE BEBOP ERA     Mack Avenue Records

Jon Regen    “What Am I Supposed To Do From Here”
“I Will Be Here”    ALMOST HOME    Hi Tone Records

Jackie Allen    “Go”   LOVE IS BLUE     A440 Music

Bobby Watson & Horizon    “Lemoncello”     HORIZON-
REASSEMBLED      Palmetto Records

Denny Zeitlin   “Wishing On The Moon”    SLICKROCK

Louis Schlavis     “Napoli’s Wall”   NAPOLI’S WALL

Kerry Linder  “Sail Away With Me” “Adeus Batucada”
SAIL AWAY WITH ME      Blue Toucan Music

Jose Rizo’s  Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars     

John Abercrombie     “Dansir”   CLASS TRIP    ECM

Andy Bey   “Satin Doll”   “It’s Only A Paper Moon”

David  Kikoski Trio     “In Your Own Sweet Way”
DETAILS         Criss Cross Jazz

Joe Gilman Trio     “In Your Own Sweet Way”  
TIME AGAIN:   Brubeck Revisited   Volume 1
Sunnyside Records

We start  with a  hefty kickin  blues/hard bop line, 
“Blues Nouveau” from a very imposing  hard bop figure
Jim Rotundi who displays command and technique, 
skirting around melodic structures, hard core with a
collection of NYC musicians,  just having fun, like
the Blue Note early days   JIM ROTUNDI QUINTET and NEW
VISTAS on Criss Cross Records.   This is a heavy band
with Chris Potter, Sam Yahel on Hammond B-3, Peter
Bernstein-guitar and Bill Stewart-drums. The core  is
hard bop.  Band of brothers on a mission, spreading
good will through a hard bop nation. The rest is an
outcrop, an appendage to the center. Thanks to  Miles
for defining  the center.  On this,  Rotundi  blows
with ravenous technique and hard ass soul as the rest
of the heavyweights fall into place...nicely.    
MARLENA   SHAW sings songs, as  we implore  Shaw to
sing more of a “New York State Of Mind “ by Billy Joel
and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”  by Joe Zawinul.  David
Haziltine on Fender-Rhodes  shares the heavy load on
‘Mercy’ and duly noted for his steady hand on this CD.
    GIACOMO  GATES with a “Hittin The Jug/Swan Song”
sequence by Gene “The Jug” Ammons, tenor
saxophone-Chicago.  This tune is pure jug and goodly 
Ammons.  The lyric is pure King Pleasure-a  prurient
King Pleasure swan song.  Remember now, this is hard
bop originated music, as  romance may be hard to
define.  Gates is steller in keeping the tradition
alive in the likes of King Pleasure, Jon Hendricks and
Eddie Jefferson.   Gates is a member of this exclusive
club,  a hard bop traditionalist as  his style takes
you back to the day. Everyone should have a Giacomo
Gates in their jazz collection.  This CD is a good one
to start,  with Harold  Danko, Vincent Herring , Ray
Drummond and Vic Juris. ( Hey Vic, was that a slide
 on ‘Hittin The Jug?”)     Then TERRY GIBBS  jumps in
to conclude this set with a new 52ND &
and James Moody lending a hand on this marvelously 
bebop and strings CD.   Bebop and Strings?   Goes
together like ribs and cavier.     JON REGAN opens the
second segment with a new release, HOME AGAIN.  All
original material. Since Regan is an avid accompanist
who’s worked  with the likes of Jimmy Scott, so it’s
more than natural that he accompany himself, for his
piano arrangements are integral part of his  music.  
There’s a prevalent cadence , much like a Bruce
Hornsby and Billy Joel.   His voice reminds me a
little of Bob Seeger. ( Don’t fall off your chair.) A
very laid back  Seeger.  Writing is good on this CD
and will improve.   Cuts one, three and four stand out
in my mind. Don’t stop now and hold the phone because 
JACKIE ALLEN is next with “Go!”(heh, heh,
heh...couldn’t resist it.) After all, word play is the
lowest form of humor.   A little ba-relief can’t hurt
anyone, right?  Right. This song is one that Jackie co
wrote. An interesting insight into one’s multifaceted
existence.   Allen interprets other songs on this CD,
“Lazy Afternoon, “ Love Is Blue,” “Pavement Cracks” by
Annie Lennox and “You Become my Song” by Bobbie
Hutcherson.   The arrangements  are very good as
Jackie Allen presents a lovely scenario for each song.
 Laurence Hobgood, who works with Kurt Elling is also
featured on this CD.    BOBBY WATSON is next with a
new release on Palmetto Records, HORIZON REASSEMBLED. 
Watson stays true to earlier days as a Jazz Messenger
with this new one. And with Terell Stafford on trumpet
this is a real treat for post hard boppers.   We
played “Lemoncello,” a nice little groove with Watson
and Stafford doing the old back and forth, filling in
spaces with generous soloing.      DENNY ZEITLIN
closes this segment with as selection form his new
release SLICKROCK on  MAXJAZZ.   Glad to hear Zeitlin
again.  Remember the album on Columbia in the sixties?
 We played a Zeitlin original, “Wishing On The Moon.” 
Zeitlin  still is and always will be a very tasteful
inventive player.  Happy  to have him back .
LOUIS SCLAVIS  begins the second hour with the title
tune from  NAPOLI’S WALLS.   Music reflective of multi
media artist/free thinker Ernest Pignon-Ernest whose
idea of the miraculous are “puzzling symbols nestled
in the alcoves of the familiar.”  Everyday life. 
Allow the walls to tell about themselves .  Louis
Sclavis does just that-merging classical-jazz-ethnic
harmonies with street lingo to convey  post modern
expressionism.   Naples is centuries spiritual,
replete with  past lives and gritty harmony,  as
melody blends with smell,  sounds;  the air is
vibrates  with 500 years of music.  The Sclavis
quartet consists of reeds, cello, guitar, pocket 
trumpet, voice, whistling and assorted electronics.  
This music is more intricate and assorted than most.
One  can’t dance to this.  Music for a bacchanal may
be more apropos . A dance of the 1968  flower
children-possible.  Jumping and skipping through
Strawberry Fields in orange corduroy bellbottoms-very
possible.   This music has a lot to offer. More you
listen,  the more you know.   And for those interested
in new form of modern progressive music, “Napoli’s
Walls” is an absolute gem.   KERRY LINDER  is next
with a superb and reflective, SAIL glittered WITH ME. 
 Born of those lovely Netherland Antilles in the
Carribean-Linder sings in  English and Portugese. Her
voice is soft and smooth,  creating enchanting
scenarios with a band of  swift reparte; 
percussionist, Mauro Refosco, whose work with David
Byrne and The Lounge Lizards is highly regarded,
cellist Eric Friedlander, saxophonist Paulo Levi,
among other highly regarded.   Guitarist Paulo Andre
Tavares is responsible for all the great arrangements.
(Note: Shoulda mixed Kinder’s version of “St. Judy’s
Comet” behind “Napoli’s Walls.  Damm. Next time for
sure.)  Also,’ nicy’ and spicy next to Pat Metheny
group , “Speaking Of Now .   Back to now, however, 
STARS,  a powerhouse big Latin jazz band.
We played “Cozumel” from THE LAST BULLFIGHTER.  
Remember “Viva Tirado?”  Gerald Wilson  made  a
pronounced impact on modern Latin Jazz, most evident
in “ The Last Bullfighter.”
Oddly enough, I also hear Shorty Rogers and John
Coltrane here, especially in “Justo’s Trane Ride.” 
Guitarist  JOHN AMBERCROMBIE closes this segment with
“Danskin” from CLASS TRIP.   Violinist Mark “fabulous”
Feldman throws in some ‘Jon Luc Ponty’ like licks. 
With the name ‘Fabulous,’ Feldman could become one of
the ‘who knows’ of nu- jazz  glitterati.  This CD has
too much dynamic moods, tones and changes  for all
that glitter.  CLASS TRIP is like,  say fabulous all
over again.
ANDY BEY opens the last segment with the
Elligton/Strayhorn favorite, “Satin Doll” from the new
AMERICAN SONG.   Watch out for Bey on this one!
Arrangements by Geri Allen get every ounce of cool out
of Bey. Lyrics out of the thirties with turn of the
Century phrasing. With Bey, you’ll get no fussin
theatrics. We’re  just ‘sittin in a Bey’ dharma!   
DAVE KIKOSKI  is next with DETAILS, a new release from
Criss-Cross Records.  With Criss Cross,  you receive
dedicated post modern hard bop.  Nothing  better than
good home cookin’.  There’s satisfaction in nice long
versions of songs.  Gives the artist a chance to
Kikoski certainly gives ‘stretch’ on “In Your Own
Sweet Way.” There’s a very personal touch on this one.
Good jazz is like a good meal by candlelight. You
enjoy an  intimate moment with a close friend,  your
mind- body connection . Also,  it’s refreshing to hear
the interplay between Larry Grenadier on bass and Bill
Stewart-drums. Kikoski  is ‘very  solid’ with many
forays and flurries on this one. For a brief  moment,
I thought  Bill Evans was in the house, who took his
time to set the scene. A lot has to do with the rhythm
section and Kikoski is truly blessed with Grenadier
and Stewart.  DETAILS-DETAILS!  Enjoy your meal.   JOE
GILMAN follows with a solo version of the Brubeck ‘s
classic on the new Sunnyside release, the JOE GILMAN
BRUBECK REVISITED- VOLUME I.  Gilman’s explosive
attack on “In Your Own Sweet Way” brings a sort of
clarity on how many unique variations this tune has to
offer. He seems to get the  most in five minutes.  All
these years, Brubeck’s music has endured in our
collective unconscious Gilman brings a new refreshing
perspective.  ANDY BEY concludes this program with 
Harold Arlen’s “It’s Only A Paper Moon” from AMERICAN
SONG.  That  same ole very hip phrasing by Andy Bey
provides a ‘soft shoe’  exit.  A real shiny shoes with
black tie and tails,  bye-bye.
Enjoy the Fourth. Not with a Fifth, by the way!  

Dick Crockett
Monday, 10am & 10pm- Pacific
“The Voice” 88.7 fm
4623 T Street, Suite A
Sacramento, Ca. 95819-4743

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