[JPL] bopndicks 20 picks July 2004
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Bopndicks 20 Picks July 2004
Terry Gibbs 52ND & BROADWAY
Songs Of The Bebop Era Mack Avenue Records
Gibbs celebrates bebop with this illustrious classic
of great jazz players and memorable arrangements
with full string compliment. A perspective of bebop
over 60 years , a Gibbs tribute to the bones.
John La Barbera Big Band ON THE WILD SIDE
A true jazz band in every sense, La Barbera
celebrates our near
distant past of Ellington, Evans, Ferguson and Basie,
forget to dance, just blew their brains out and we
Tomasz Stanko Quartet SUSPENDED NIGHT ECM
Stankos influence on this young ensemble resembles
the Miles effect
on the Hancock/ Carter/Williams/Shorter aggregation
of the sixties
to create forty years later, another miracle.
Diana Krall THE GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM Verve
This Krall reflects a nostalgia for sad songs and
lost locations of Joanie
Mitchell, Tom Waits, Mose Allison, and Elvis
Costello. I know, theres
movie glitterati about to appear thatll blind the
strong and succumb the weak,
but this lady always curls up in your lap and
whispers in your ear.
Mulgrew Miller Trio LIVE AT YOSHI S VOLUME
This Mulgrew triumvirate is one of the days most
prolific and imposing
as an Oscar Peterson shadow.
Bobby Watson & Horizon HORIZONS REASSEMBLED
Watsons Horizon span the past -present hard nose bop
of Junior Cooks,
Johnny Griffens, Tina Brooks and with Terell
Stafford, the fire of Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard
burns bright on the all night bandstand in Art
Blakeys jazz corner Of The World.
Von Freeman THE GREAT DIVIDE Premonition
In his eighth decade, absorbing the music from way
dance bands were the rage, the Cubs nearly won the
pennant, and by golly,
a select few heard the first noise from Mintons.
Season with Charlie Parker
and John Coltrane, and you have continuous all new
re-energized Von Freeman.
Joe Gilman Trio TIME AGAIN: BRUBECK REVISITED
Gilman offers a whole new Brubeck with a progressive
crisp version of songs
we know and havent heard, quite like this, until
now. Time Again gets up and walks
in a way thatll get your UPS going Listen first to
Blue Rondo A La Turk and then to Weep
No More and guaranteed, Itll have you dancing in
the streets. Hell, Brubeck laughed and loved it.
Jose Rizos Jazz On The Latin Side All Stars THE
LAST BULL FIGHTER
Rizos raucous Latin band of el hefi All Stars has the
right swagger in their step and motion, counterpuntal
affectation and give me Poncho Sanchez to bat clean
(No way Wednesday- Poncho doesnt work on Wednesday.)
So, power up your
samba , hammer on your marimba because THE BANDs in
town. All the treats are here
on this one.
Karrin Allyson WILD FOR YOU Concord
Allyson provides still another memorable portrayal
with a whole
new set of standards. The arrangements are new and
fresh. Wild For You Baby,
struck me as a Saturday night piano bar warm up in
Elkhart in February
before last call. A lonely few, hugging their stools
close, as the woman sings on piano.
Theres a little club she plays in Carmel, seventy
five seating capacity at most, that provides
the necessary ambience.
Greg Osby PUBLIC Blue Note
The Great Osby is to heard in person, a Picasso in
counterpoint, hanging out
marvelous epithets and passages. Humors derived
from a hard bop classic
Bernies Tunewith Osby sporting Ray Bans and a
sixties Dolphy thin lapel sport coat.
At times, you imagine Fats Navarro and Wardell Gray on
Denny Zeitlin SLICKROCK MAXJAZZ
Zeitlins iconoclast of time, tempo and place is
back. You always remember
the Uncle whos witty, eccentric and intellectual.
Dennys Zeitgeist is memorable,
impassioned and long overdue.
Giacomo Gates CENTERPIECE Origin Records
Giacomos full a hip, scat with premium bop
credentials and a turn for original
epigram. Everyone should have a Giacomo Gates in
their jazz collection.
Kerry Linder SAIL AWAY WITH ME Blue Toucan
Soft, articulate and sensual, Kerry Linder whispers:
forget your sorrows
and samba with me a slow boat to China.
Jim Rotundi Quintet NEW VISTAS
Criss Cross Records
This is almost too hard bop and funky, not to be
cool, soaring high
between euphoria and epilepsy. So strap yourself in,
if you dare, and take the
Rotundi free ride.
John Stetch EXPONENTIALLY MONK Justin
Stetch impression of Monk: A 200 mph bullet train
arriving in our town
with youthful exuberance in tack. We love Monk for his
Stetch delivers a jet set Thelonius on the run- a
Salvador Dali, tweaking his mustache
for the folks in first class on the Il de France and
other breathtaking peculiar events.
Andy Bey AMERICAN SONG Savoy
American Song has profound meaning,
memorable arranging by Geri Allen,
great songs by prominent 20th Century songwriter,
and with grace and elegant
soul, hes able to tell you his tale.
You believe his honesty.
Ray Charles had it.
Now, Andy Bey has that repor.
Michel Patrucciani SO WHAT- BEST OF Dreyfus
You hear it in the first song-
a ferocious duet- piano, Rhodes and Hammond B-3
and you know the Petrucciani magic, right off.
He fed an enormous appetite for the moment-
improvisation of knowing
itll never happen again and itll never end.
What a way to live a life!
All in this best of...
Joe Lovano IM ALL FOR YOU Blue Note
Joe Lovano calls the tunes and Hank Jones does what
hes been doing for years.
The ambience here is fifties /sixties jazz lounge
life. It works like John Cassevetes
Faces, nostalgic, lonely hearts, bittersweet and
Joe Locke & 4 Walls Of Freedom DREAM LIFE
Joe Locke is strong, captivating and unyielding,
especially in dear life
Tommy Smith, the Scot, soars proportionately,
to a whole better person.
and Gary Novak and Ed Howard rhythm-ing
the sum of everyone elses parts.
The Voice 88.7fm
4623 T Street, Suite A
Sacramento, Ca 95819-4743
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