[JPL] Still Another Jazz Show June 28
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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
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 Napolis Wall NAPOLIS WALL
Kerry Linder Sail Away With Me Adeus Batucada
SAIL AWAY WITH ME Blue Toucan Music
Jose Rizos Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars
THE LAST BULLFIGHTER Saungu Records
John Abercrombie Dansir CLASS TRIP ECM
Andy Bey Satin Doll Its Only A Paper Moon
AMERICAN SONG ECM
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
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 &
BROADWAY-SONGS OF THE BEBOP ERA with Nicholas Payton
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
whos worked with the likes of Jimmy Scott, so its
more than natural that he accompany himself, for his
piano arrangements are integral part of his music.
Theres a prevalent cadence , much like a Bruce
Hornsby and Billy Joel. His voice reminds me a
little of Bob Seeger. ( Dont 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. Dont stop now and hold the phone because
JACKIE ALLEN is next with Go!(heh, heh,
heh...couldnt resist it.) After all, word play is the
lowest form of humor. A little ba-relief cant hurt
anyone, right? Right. This song is one that Jackie co
wrote. An interesting insight into ones 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 NAPOLIS 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 cant 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, Napolis
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 Kinders version of St. Judys
Comet behind Napolis Walls. Damm. Next time for
sure.) Also, nicy and spicy next to Pat Metheny
group , Speaking Of Now . Back to now, however,
for next is JOSE RIZOS JAZZ ON THE LATIN SIDE ALL
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 Justos 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
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, youll get no fussin
theatrics. Were 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. Theres satisfaction in nice long
versions of songs. Gives the artist a chance to
Kikoski certainly gives stretch on In Your Own
Sweet Way. Theres 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, its 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
TRIO, TIME AGAIN:
BRUBECK REVISITED- VOLUME I. Gilmans 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, Brubecks music has endured in our
collective unconscious Gilman brings a new refreshing
perspective. ANDY BEY concludes this program with
Harold Arlens Its 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!
STILL ANOTHER JAZZ SHOW
Monday, 10am & 10pm- Pacific
The Voice 88.7 fm
4623 T Street, Suite A
Sacramento, Ca. 95819-4743
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