[JPL] Still Another Jazz Show April 25
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Still Another Jazz Show April 25
Mark Masters Ensemble Introduction
Summertime A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
PORGY & BESS Redefined! Capri Records
Catherine Dupuis Beginnings THE RULES OF THE
Eldar Round Midnight ELDAR Sony
Amina Figarova Hot On The Trail Flight Of
Eugene McDaniels Future Too Rare SCREAMS AND
Solar Remember Rockefeller At Attica Aztac
Tord Gustavson Trio Tears Transforming Being
THE GROUND ECM
Eric Comstock Small World The Night Has A
NO ONE KNOWS Harbinger Records
Steve Hobbs Blued Swings SPRING CYCLE Random
Jay Thomas/Wataru Hamasaki with Geoffrey Keezer Trio
Crossroads ACCIDENTALLY YOURS McVouty Records
Roz Corral Wheeler & Dealer TELLING TALES
Jay Thomas/Wataru Hamasaki and Geoffrey Keezer Trio
ACCIDENTALLY YOURS McVouty Records
Anat Cohen As Catch Can PLACE & TIME Anzic
Big, swinging and festive is the ambience of the MARK
MASTERS ENSEMBLE and the new CD, PORGY & BESS
REDEFINED. Mark Masters re- arranged this whole
score, so there are elements, brought here that were
not apparent in the original . The music is
explosive, swinging, straight ahead and hard core as
Masters utilizes the great artistry of top musicians,
Billy Harper, Cecelia Coleman, Gary Smulyan, Tim
Hagens, Ray Drummond and Joe LaBarbera. We played
the Introduction, Summertime and A Woman Is A
Sometime Thing. Some very modern avant gard elements,
such as in Gone, Gone, Gone. Theres some of that
rich tonal quality of Oliver Nelson here, especially
in Nelsons work with Basie and on his Impulse
Vocalist, CATHERINE DUPUIS provides a different take
on the classic CHICAGO sixties hit song, Beginnings
from her new release, THE RULES OF THE ROAD. Dupuis
version is more jazzy, making one believe that it
was a good jazz tune all along, with various time
changes and solos by Ted Nash and Bucky Pizzarelli.
Dupuis projects an air of sophistication and through
concerted listening you realize this lady knows the
score, with excellent phrasing and a soft subtle
command of the material. Pianist Russ Kassoff is an
excellent accompanist, providing Dupuis a foundation
from which she excels, especially on ballads,I
Remember and You Are The World To Me written by
Kassofff and Diedre Broderick.
Katherin Dupuis, Robert Hurst and Joe Gilman, all
graduates of the Indiana University school of music...
Whats in the water at Bloomington? Gristle for the
18 year old pianist ELDAR in his debut CD, displays
rare power and commanding presence, performing the
classic late night thriller, Round Midnight, as
indeed, Eldar goes late night. He has so many throw
away lines that motivate, pining for more Peterson and
Garner. Eldar has so much stick and iconic
pentameter especially for the jazz classics on the
CD, thatll certainly time travel back to the fifties
to 52 nd street and the FIVE SPOT and other late
night smoke imbued bistros of our out - of - body
The guy next to me in my film noir dream, takes a drag
off his Lucky, cradling his Cutty in small glass and
says: Hey did you catch Miles shadow boxing on the
sidewalk? No I say and look over at Eldar and give
thanks for taking us there.
Since Eldar Djangirov is from Kurgestan and Amina
Figarova is from Azerbaijan and Tomasz Stanko from
Poland, whats this thing about jazz in the Soviet
Union, former and otherwise?
AMINA FIGAROVA begins the next segment of SAJS with
her newest CD, her second, I believe, entitled, COME
ESCAPE WITH ME on Munich Records. Figarova has a
great feel for post hard bop. Her band is
predominantly European. They visited for a brief tour
last year. She captivated our jazz taste. We played
Hot On The Trail, a catchy post bop tune and the
more ethereal Flights Of Fancy. We use the analogy
of Sahib Shihab, as sort of a bridge to the Euro-
blues -bop prose. Obviously, there are other
musicians, Dexter Gordon, Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, Thad
Jones, Chet Baker whove led to that understanding.
Listen to the Baby Breeze CD, along with Figarova
and understand the reason for her popularity here.
Check out, Mr T.M. and youll know this, her second
CD is more straight ahead. As trumpet player Marcel
Reys becomes more Chet Baker - like.
EUGENE MCDANIELS is next with his newest, SCREAMS &
WHISPERS. When I draw comparisons with Gino Vanelli
for his romanticism, Steely Dan, for his irony. And
Jon Lucien for his sensuality this, in no way, takes
away from Eugene McDaniels.. Im just trying to
position - a mission to position... Gosh I deplore
demographics - a bunch of marketers with Masters
degrees, and they know what we prefer?
Preferences....just leave it alone,. All the late
night computerized phone calls, pop ups on the
internet, mass mailings and incessant radio/TV
commercials, an insipid repetition that drives us
crazy. Although theres a tendency to forgo the
smooth jazz emporium, thisll be programming for the
very hip in all of us, urban to the top ten. Listen
to Too Rare, think of Roy Kral /Jackie Cain, Gil
Scot Heron and Dave Frishberg. Were saying that this
new Eugene McDaniels is JUST too cool!
The trio, SOLAR, concludes this segment from their
new CD, SUNS OF COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS. As in
e.s.t., Bad Plus and Medeski, Martin & Wood. SOLAR is
a jam band. Since I like the Fugues, Im partial to
Mingus, Remember Rockefeller At Attica,
You nay have a hazy recollection of the Attica prison
riot and subsequent Governor Rockefeller intervention.
What a riot! (Are you jokopmareghdfyh trolry;gedmklkkm
ng me?) Avant-garde for language. Were too serious
nowadays... Anyways ! Thats where Mingus
interjects... Happy Days. Counter level. Nowadays.
TORD GUSTAVSON and his trio begin the second hour from
his new ECM release, THE GROUND. Gustavson is a
patient, quiet pianist , letting the dynamics come to
You listen and learn to trust this man!
We played Tears Transforming, Being There and
Twins. All of these are examples of celebratory
restraint, giving time to creep within your inner
consciousness Reminds me of Frank Kimbroughs work
on Palmetto Records. Tord Gustavson, Nordic mystic
of the jazz piano.
ERIC COMSTOCK , ( no relation to Eric The Red, who
discovered North America in the Middle Ages) is next
with his latest CD, NO ONE KNOWS. Piano and vocalist
Comstock is clear, precise and relaxed, dancing on
key, right above the lyrics. And when you hear these
very top gun professional, Frank Wess, Wycliffe
Gordon, Eric Reed on some, Peter Bernstein, Peter
Washington and Matt Wilson. After listening here,
youll know Eric Comstock would be right at home at
the Carlisle. Or The Plaza. Not the Plaza with
million dollar condos, sold gold shower curtains, a
marble platform for you to pose for your very own
statue! What the heck is going on Park Ave, nowadays?
Theres always the Carlisle! Eric Comstock is
sophisticated, erudite, stylistic, and very much into
the lyric! We played Small World and The Night Has
A Thousand Eyes. Eric Comstocks lyrical
interpretation is magnificent, without question. Mel
Tormé would endorse Comstock with five stars!
Vibraphonist, STEVE HOBBS concludes this segment from
his new CD, SPRING CYCLE on Random Chance Records. We
played an original, Blued Swings with Tom Harrell on
trumpet, Dave Valentin on flute, Bob Malach on tenor
saxophone and Bill OConnell on piano. This is great
post hard bop with the Hobbs crafting some Milt
Jackson licks throughout. Whether it Septet or Octet
this band is up for the challenge! Label this new
Steve Hobbs as straight ahead, mainstream, providing a
level playing field for hard bop afficionados!
JAY THOMAS and WATARU HAMASAKI with the GEOFFREY
KEEZER TRIO keep it in the mainstream, reminiscent of
early Clifford Brown and Harold Land. Geoffrey Keezer
more than aptly plays the part of Carl Perkins. We
played Malibu Party by Lenny Niehaus, Crossroads
by Tim Collins and Joy by Jessica Willaims. Sounds
like a West Coast jazz soiree to me! Wataru, Jay and
Geoffrey have created a superb monster...
ROZ CORRAL teams with Bruce Barth on her latest CD,
TELLING TALES. This is another superb presentation
with top musicians, flying intro Newark from
everywhere on the East Coast, John Hart, The
Grenadier and Ballard rhythm section, and Steve Davis
and Steve Wilson, sitting on brass and reed. Or in
Fred Hersch sense, Reeds Of Brass. We played
Wheelers And Dealers by Dave Frishberg.
Doesnt she remind you of Carol Sloane?
You can just hear ANAT and AVISHAI COHEN laughing on
this version of Gerry Mulligans As Catch Can, Piano
-less moods of the fifties. Its so catchy and up!
Remember Mulligan, not the same Mulligan from
Ullysses, but still a euphoric Mulligan. And Ill
take a Mulligan anytime, especially if its an
Mark my words, we did this on ANAT COHENS new PLACE &
Say good bye Dick!
STILL ANOTHER JAZZ SHOW
MONDAYS, 10am & 10pm, Pacific
The Voice 88.7fm
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Sacramento, Ca. 95819-4743
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