[JPL] Still Another Jazz Show Mar 14
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Still Another Jazz Show Mar 14
Tom Marriott Domino City Tout De Suite
Belinda Underwood Trees UNDERWOOD
Kosmik Muse Rekords
Amina Figarova Destiny COME ESCAPE WITH ME
Trygve Seim Trio SANGAM ECM
Grazyna Auguscik Chorado Memoria a Fado
THE LIGHT GMA Records
Alon Yavnai Tri Fugue no 7 in E b major
PICTURE THIS ...Bon Rapport Music
Fred Hersch Ensemble I Celebrate Myself? LEAVES
OF GRASS Palmetto Records
Los Hombres Calientes James Booker Rojos
Vol 5 CARNIVAL Basin Street Records
Zack Brock and the Coffee Achievers Play A
CHEMISTRY Secret Fort Records
Caribbean Jazz Project Picture Frame HERE
LIVE IN CONCERT Concord Picante
Steve Venz Waiting For Relief SCOOP DAAL JAZZ
Music Of Thad Jones Consummation The
ONE MORE IPO Recordings
Carol Heffler Same Old Used To Be EXACTLY
Dale Fielder Quartet Muezzin BARITONE
THOMAS MARRIOTT begins this edition of SAJS with his
new CD, INDIVIDUATION. Marriotts a good straight
ahead trumpet and flugelhorn player. We opened with
a Joe Locke tune, Domino City, a great post bop
tune, featuring a sextet with alto player Rick Mandyck
sitting in on the chorus line and offering up a nice
little solo. David Budway also provides a nice Fender
accompaniment and Joe Locke on vibraphone.
Thisd make the fellas in short brim hats, three
piece Brooks Brothers with Stacy Adams shoes...smile.
Its very good slow buttered hard bop!
Then we followed up with a Miles Davis tune, Tout De
Suite right out of modal sixties. Miles would smile
at this rendition. Tom Marriott provides his own
texture as his technique is flawless on this version,
an exceptional piece with Jeff Johnson, bass, John
Bishop, drums. This modality is right from a Herbie
Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Tony Williams
context. Thomas Marriott Quintet will take you
BELINDA UNDERWOOD is next with her new CD, UNDERWOOD
-UNCURLING. As if she were in a fetal pose, no way!
Underwoods loose, foremost and in command. I have to
say this. They miked her well. No reverb, very
little over - presence, let the timber stand on its
own. It gives her a more free expression. Shes
also written some great songs here. Who also stands
out here is pianist, Clay Giberson, providing
foundation for this young talented singer. We played
a marvelous original, Trees. (She has the Michael
Franks folksy/romantic attitude in her writing.)
Theres an ecological bent in the prose. What stands
out here is Clay Giberson and his ability to put the
idea of this song in proper perspective.
Pianist, AMINA FIGAROVA and her group close out this
segment from her new CD, COME ESCAPE WITH ME. This
lady has a firm grasp of the post hard bop concept.
This is all original material written and arranged by
Figarova. We played a trio version of Destiny. On
this selection, you hear and understand how Figarovas
mind works, with commitment and sophistication
-simple in its profundity, very figurative beautiful
music. Shes a taskmaster.
The next segment has a distinctive European flavor and
TRYGVE SEIM is one the most progressive saxophonist
in modern contemporary interpretive music.
Theres different spacing here than were used to in
progressive jazz and yet there are increments in
Seims music a kin to Gunther Schuller/ George Russell
modern Americana. Although Seims roots are in a
much different place, you know the three would get
along famously! And Maria Schneiders vision would
apply here as well.
We played Trio with a lovely melody here with a
sonorous trombone and bass saxophone, no pushing the
freight train along here. Different nostalgia, time
and space, Its more like watching plants grow,
multifaceted natural reoccurring themes , set to many
musical facets. Soft dancing lights, folks laughing
in a very personal conversation, an accordian at home,
as neighbors playing along on tuba, varying degrees of
saxophone, trombone, trumpet harkening their
particular meditative unfolding sound.
GRAZYNA AUGUSCIK is next with her new release THE
LIGHT, next to Trygve Seim. What a flow to segue
Until Its Time For Your You To Go. Auguscik
continues to expand, move forward. Dont Explain,
definitely has a Peter Gabrial texture. But we played
a tone poem, Chorado next to Seim with guitarist
David Onderdonk. Then Egberto Gismontis Memoria a
Fado. with Onderdonk providing excellent acoustic
accompaniment. Pianist ALON YAVNAI is next with
Fugue no.7 in Eb Major by J.S. Bach. Yavnai is
Ireali/Argentinian . He has that Latin drama and flair
in his playing. Yavnai has an excellent rhythm section
here with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Take Toriyama
on drums. CD is entitled PICTURE THIS... Muy
FRED HERSCH ENSEMBLE concludes this segment with two
selections from Walt Whitmans LEAVES OF GRASS, I
Celebrate Myself with vocalist Kurt Elling. The
Mystic Trumpeter with vocalist Kate McGarry. A very
modern music rendition of the words of the 19th
Century poet. Its quite an accomplishment for Fred
Hersch, his astounding music! This ll be performed
in concert for decades.
Trumpet player, Irvin Mayfield and percussionist Bill
Summers collaborate on LOS HOMBRES CALIENTES for
VOL. 5: CARNIVAL in the second hour.. Mayfield and
Summers hail from New Orleans where many fine
musicians of jazz, rock, R&B, and Latin; sometimes a
mixed gumbo. Its all good. This CD will offer a
little of every thing with happiness and joy in this
predominantly Latin. Thats the New Orleans stamp. A
loose funkiness.. They do some different things. We
played James Booker. The piano solo on this is
priceless by Ronald Markham. Hes jamming everything
in there, from wry humor, stride, funk, boogie
woogie and a little J.P. Sousa. Its definitely a
strut. Bill Summers provides a garnish. A beat
generated , like drum sticks tapping lightly on
Then we played Rojos Revenge with a soulful brass
open then a change to a Latin temper. Tunes written
by pianist Victor Atkins . Its subtle quick with very
nice times changes. And Victor caries the changes with
a predominance of percussion Bill Summers. This works
well when the percussionist is right there calling
the changes and Irvin Mayfield is always there with
an expressiveness and vitality.
Electric violinist ZACH BROCK AND THE COFFEE
ACHIEVERS are next from their new CHEMISTRY CD. We
like Cold Turkey, reminding us of Velvet
Underground, but its better to play Play A Blanca
here for its subtlety and sophistication. Just add a
soft fender sound with Sam Barsh and a melodic tonal
singer as Melissa Styliano with voicing on violin from
Brock. And one has a very melodic light airy quality.
Imagine the Swingle Singers scatting to a slow
Baroque. Dave Samuels,
CARIBBEAN JAZZ PROJECT is next from the latest HERE
AND NOW - LIVE IN CONCERT. Check out trumpet
player, Diego Urcola and pianist Dario Eskanazi..
With this live performance, we hear CJP at the top of
their game. Magnificently produced with all the
excitement and extemporaneous jopy, this live
performance can explore...
These guys just play and play their collective off
on this 2 CD hookup. Its a treat to listen to this
excitement. We played Samuels Picture Frame to
close this segment with Dario Eskanazi setting the
tone with a very solo open, then Samuels coming in
then the rest follow as Diego plays a furtive muted
trumpet, that Miles would do. I get flash backs of
Milt Jackson on this piece. Therein is the perspective
of this marvelous tune and Dave Samuels knows the
right way, for he hears it too, like you.
Thats what brings tears to the eyes of venerable hard
STEVE VENZ begins the last segment with Waiting For
Relief from his new CD, SCOOP. Venz is an
interesting bass player and his harmony with soprano
saxophonist with Doug Webb is quite good, along with
acoustic guitarist Steve Cotter and brushes of Jason
Harnell. Scoop is more straight ahead-down home,
B -3 style with Joe Bagg on the Hammond runnng boards.
Venz project is full a nice little shadings, textures
and nuances with a group of fine musicians to back up
the plan Theres von Essen synergy and
sophistication here, with Venz writing and playing,
with delicacy and dexterity.
Back to my roots. Cold drawers Pontiac in the
You have to like this one.
ONE MORE MUSIC OF THAD JONES with all the great
ones, starting with the older brother Hank Jones on
piano (what a gift,) Richard Davis, Bennie Golson,
James Moody, Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmie Owens, Mickey
Roker and Frank Wess. Thisll be one of the great
octets youll ever see for this tribute.
As you probably know, the HANK, THAD and ELVIN is
one of the prominent modern jazz great families. Thad
Jones was a grreat trumpet/cornet player. Hes was
adept at orchestral composing and arranging. If you
still re -bop as the fifties, and late night
sixties, you will absolutely dig this CD. For
students, hip - hoppers of the music you have some
great tenor saxophone cross current examination with
James Moody, Bennie Golson and Frank Wess as they
dilly - dally, back and forth.
You just know theyre lovin it, blissful Thad Jones
And for historians...this is History of Modern Jazz.
And theyll be studying this piece for years.
At first glance we played Consummation and The
Farewell.because we remember from the later years.
Think of Hank Jones performing his brothers music and
feel the empathy with this CD.
Most of all, listen to the long piano introduction by
Hank and then Jimmie Owens sitting in on trumpet and
youll hear the nostalgia.
Finally, Hank Jones plays solo an excellent tribute to
his brother. Its called Monks Theme.
Just listen and youll hear Hanks remembrance to his
I havent heard a more personal reflection.
CAROL HEFFLER is next with her new CD, EXACTLY.
Carol Heffler is a pro. Shes a jazz singer with a
song in her heart. Forgive the cliché, Heffler is a
very approximating professional. She doesnt expend
needless energy in frivolous context. Her phrasing and
words are well measured. Her writing is well termed,
concise. And her phrasing will remind one of a well
tempered, June Christy. We played one of Hefflers
originals, Same Old Used To Be, a film noir slow
dance as if Elizabeth Montgomery stepped off the
screen, and whispered to Alan Ladd, Im Not Youre
Same Old Used To Be.
DALE FIELDER QUARTET concludes this show with an
interesting Pepper Adams tune, Muezzin. on the new
BARITONE SUNRISE. I define it as musin in my mind.
Its Detroit. when Pepper would play a baritone like a
tenor saxophone. And Dale Fielder, masterful of
multiple saxophones picks up on it. This is hard bop
at its after hours best!
See you on the flip side.
STILL ANOTHER JAZZ SHOW
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