[JPL] bopndicks 20 picks November 2005
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Bopndicks 20 picks November 2005
Marty Ehrlich NEWS ON THE RAIL Palmetto
A soaring ironic twist, a rich textural state of
post modern jazz with exotic off ramps and commuter
of Mingus, Monk, Nelson/Ayler manifestos
and superb classic compositional
Gershwin, Schuller, Russell and Mulligan
evolving a complete modern jazz calliope.
Thats how progressive and wondrous this new Ehrlich
Robert Glasper CANVAS Blue Note Records
Melodic, frenetic and original, this young Glasper
takes you by surprise like an afternoon snow storm
tra sforming to a sunny day and a coolness
sending chills up your spine.
His awe and reverence for the masters hones his
skirting riffs, diving seagulls and a day at the
a Glasper way of staying alive.
John La Barbera Big Band FANTAZM Jazz
Modern big bands get the picture.
No gad fly, for truly original
compositions move the genre forward.
Newport had its day, as many great musicians went
to their last sound checks,
moving now to the next phase
this LaBarbera is the new craze!
Enrico Rava TATI ECM
Enrico Rava combines a rare comradery with pianist
and the superb kicking of the great percussionist Paul
a more than ample trio to portray this day of events,
a rare moment
when emphasis of tempo and technique stand alone.
Barbara Morrison Live At The Dakota 2004
Morrison has that kind of posture of the great ladies
of jazz, with vivacious soul
and git down attitude of Dame Ella, Little Sister
Esther and Nancy Wilson.
One the best live performances in years guided with
the steady hands of Junior Mance
and sonorous smooth undertones of Houston Person,
reminiscent of another recording apartheid
released this year of a live 1964 performance with
Joe Williams, Ben Webster and yours truly,
Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate Vienna Nights
Fusion merges Brazilian , tango with Guillermo Kleins
post Weather Reportage, Zawinul
with contemporary modems, pieces, bits of mantra of
What a wondrous sight to see as well as listen... this
2 CD set is exemplary in its new world taste and
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band RUMBA
BUHAINA Random Chance Records
This is Machu Picchu Royal apartheid, Hellena of the
modern way. Fort Apache is the fountainhead of the
Latin post modern bop where the most warm harmonic
flows with Jerry Gonzalez and Joe Ford and grazes
along with stable mates, Larry Willis, Andy Gonzalez
and Steve Berrios, mucho mas mole sauce to digest at
Brad Mehldau Trio DAY IS DONE Nonesuch
Almost classical, yet contemporary in language with a
jazz text. Mehldau
continually enthralls us with his original conception
in musings of Nick Drake,
Lennon /McCartney and Paul Simon. A true modern
Jeremy Pelt IDENTITY MAXJAZZ
He possesses almost perfect pitch and command as he
through the changes, especially on Eddies Story,
misty big city nights of nodding old and new masters .
This sort of expertise
is really cherished in the profound intimacy, like
sex , no one
can really try to describe it. This ludicrous notion
is ample enough
for the musician to know they have reached the
audience in auspicious candor.
This is Pelts best for its diversity, color,
tapestry and motion.
Marc Johnson SHADES OF JADE ECM
Its a marvel when some the worlds best musicians
get together for a session and just play, out of which
comes pure joy. Its so apparent here, as young lovers
blushing over candor, as Joe Lovano, John Scofield,
Eliane Elias, Joey Baron and Marc Johnson on
contrabass ply their trade with ultimatum and
The Dan Cray Trio SAVE US! BluJazz
They break down the structure of a song and build it
back up with more alacrity
with a Ponce De Leon is some and baroque in others.
Theres knowledge, diversity
and art in this music and ingenuity for the original,
This Cray trio music is a wonderful excursion for
both the audience and the players.
Wynton Marsalis LIVE AT THE HOUSE OF TRIBES
No one sounds closer to Armstrong than Marsalis on
Green Chimneys, with the opening vamp, then
progressive Fats Navarro romps. This is Marsalis, at
his best. The more you listen, the more he holds
his own. Astounding. This is the essence of
performance jazz. A small room of adoring fans and a
band thatll challenge, and you have a remarkable
performance from the worlds best...Warm Daddy gets in
done and young pianist Eric Lewis does too. How about
that rhythm, Joe Farnsworth and Kengo Nakamura. Fats
Navarro and Charlie Parker, Art Farmer and Benny
Golson, Miles and Coltrane, Lee Morgan and Wayne
Shorter, Clifford Brown and Harold Land. All great
trumpet/saxophone tandems. This one, Wynton and Warm
Daddy ranks with the best!
Bobo Stenson/ Anders Jormin / Paul Motian
This trio has a different pace, could be its the
nature of the players from other music freedoms. Bobo
Stenson and Anders Jormin from Sweden and Paul
Motian from New York City, yet amazing congruity with
other freedoms and disciplines as a wonderful modern
adaptation to structurally sound Henry Purcell
Music For A While, as Stenson dig into a romantic
lullaby, Goodbye, imagining Bill Evans hunched over
stroking his piano and Paul Motian adds a nice touch.
Captivating, in suspended elegance, GOODBYE and BOBO
STENSON trio elevates this music to another pure
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
DONT BE AFRAID The Music Of Charles Mingus.
Charles Mingus foray in music composition is well
noted and his live band performance are legendary.
Dont be afraid, for this isnt a Charles Mingus clone
This is more post modern as Duke Ellington taking the
stand at the Plaza. This Mingus is more up town and
mid town then downtown, although the Down towners
really, really act like, they like it.
Charlie Peacock LOVE PRESS EX - CURIO
In case you didnt know, Charlie Peacock is a
Sacramento dude with one heck of a new release and
some of todays best jazz contemporary, sitting
in...doin what they do... Ravi Coltrane, Joey Baron,
Ralph Alessi, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kirk Whalum , James
Genus, etc.. Recorded in NYC, some in Bellevue, Tenn
and various parts of the United States, as well as
Sacramento, cong4rsatulations for the run on down the
road to Tampa, absock, Leitious obsorb every news day
Alex Budman and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
INSTRUMENTS OF MASS PLEASURE OA 2 Records
Alex Budman and others on this San Francisco CD may
not be as well known but listening to this
gives an accurate picture how monster talented these
guys really are... Theres a taste of Slide Hampton
and Joe Henderson orchestrations here. Up and down the
coast reflects an eager jazz reflection as theres a
very hip elegant underscore here, with time
signatures reflecting very hip mist of San Francisco.
I think of old friend Jack Springer, as he would
positively dig this...
Amina Figarova SEPTEMBER SUITE Munich
This is a remarkable piece of music; true,
heartfelt, emotional on such a personal level
and its here in a genuine way, where the people in
your neighborhood, your past, know and respect your
feelings, your mourning. This is truly the core of
jazz, to fill in all the empty spaces with personal
nuance and Figarova fully utilizes the idiom.
Personal Note: Figarovas music is especially
meaningful to me as I lost my younger brother this
week, who was a musician and sound man for many
different bands , for Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur and
Donald Crockett was a quixotic character whod played
me so well. It was a Laurel & Hardy movie. Him and
Avram Fefer / Bobby Few KINDRED SPIRITS
This is the best music- two friends exchanging ideas,
playing along, challenging each other and I the end a
reconnoiter exchange of very personal ideas. The
language is musical, high end lyrical, like birds
flying, scattered, in unison.
The Clayton Brothers BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS
Remember The Brooks Brothers - early Mangione with
brother Sal Nistico. Step aside for the Clayton
Brothers cause they got another brother Terrell
Stafford in on the mix of this hard core- leather
jacket - hard bop jazz. Dig this. Authentic
e.s.t. Viaticum 215 Records
Swedes have an interesting view of the scheme of
things throughout this CD with the use of time
signature and silence. On the last selection, theres
a few minutes of silence. What jazz band would use a
mode of silence as a part of overall expression? A
most compatible way of experiencing the Universe.
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