[JPL] bopndicks 20 picks April 06
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Bopndicks 20 Picks April 2006
SF COLLECTIVE 2 Nonesuch Records
The Collective is what it is....classy modern jazz
performed by some of todays great jazz artists,
Joshua Redman, leader and tenor saxophone, superb
pianist Renee Rosnes, Nicholas Payton, trumpet, Miquel
Zenon, alto saxophone, Bobby Hutcherson, todays
greatest vibe player, Isaac Smith, trombone, Matt
Penman, bass and Eric Harland, drums. These are all
catch on the fly live gatherings, full of the
extemporaneous performance we all love. Lots of
Coltrane, mixed with an interesting version of
Paytons Scrambled Eggs with a taste of Monk, a
Redman jam, Half Full, followed by Zenons 2 and
2" and other Coltranes and another Harland,
Development. Expect to be lavishly entertained by
this world class Octet.
MANU KATCHE NEIGHBORHOOD ECM
Katche is in touch with ArtBlakeys karma, and a
darma of Euro magic men, Tomasz Stanko, Jan Garbarek
and the Continents sweetest smoking rhythm section
rounding out the magic with young Marcin Wasileweski
on piano and Slawomir Kurkiewicz. To say listen
carefully is a misnomer, but its to say, these young
gentlemen will entertain us in the Jazz New World
Order. Not economic mind you!
THE MARY LOU WILLIAMS COLLECTIVE ZODIAC SUITE:
REVISITED Mary Records
A gracious piece of interpreted by pianist Geri
Allen, bassist Buster Williams and drummers Billy Hart
and Andrew Cyrille. Composed by Ms Williams in the
forties, first Taurus a strident blues figure, as
opposed to the ragtime playful, Gemini.
Each has their own special identity. And with Geri
Allens direction and capable hands, this all comes to
life just like the emancipated bebop forties. Geri
does inspiration to those transporting times with
Herbie Nichols The Bebop Waltzand Mary Lou Williams
own Intermission and a final Thank You Madam . Ms
Allen presents a lasting profile of a great jazz
artist with echos bebop post modern past perfect.
BILL HENDERSON LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER PLAY
Where has this great jazz singer been the last thirty
years...No worry, for the great Bill Henderson is
right here and now with that same hip ebullient
swinging phrasing, years in front of the Basie band.
This guys a classic and youll hear it now like he
Been here all this time, as time and place are one,
when youre in love, eons ago, Henderson will guide
you through this complicated mess, your life,
Daydream, as Strayhorn would do...A Flower Is A
Lovesome Thing, as a Park Avenue blues that only
Bobby Short and this man, Bill Henderson could do with
intimacy, refrain and poignancy. And he sings the
blues , he does it smooth, with Never Make Your Move
Too Soon, with a kind a flair that make the OFay
folks shout and stare. There are others on this CD
that only a special kind of lyrical vocalist could
employ. If you havent yet, make sure you secure
this momentous CD by a great entertainer.
JOEY DEFRANCESCO ORGANIC VIEWS Concord
This is so down the center lane hard bop that the
straight ahead flathead V-8's of bop are
smiling...Theres some heavies here, muscular George
Coleman on saxophone( so good hell make you squirm)
and multi reed player soulful Ron Blake, vibraphonist
Bobby Hutcherson with all the credentials to carry the
infinite to the extreme, hes done it before, now hes
down with Joey De...no syrupy romance here. There are
other heavyweights, trusted top drawer sidemen,
guitarist Jake Langley and Byron Landham on drums.
This CD is drenched with a high beam circular
refective center of Joey DeFrancesco, his soul, his
life, as you hear I Thought About You, youll
remember those good ole nowadays, yesterdays and
FRED HERSCH IN AMSTERDAM LIVE AT THE BIMHAUS
A steller solo performance ,another triumph, for this
more than establishes Hersch as a another great
American jazz pianist and composure, so one on one
with the audience, that you think youre one a few
special people invited to this live performance at the
Bimhaus. This what a man in total command of his
material can do, starting with a Manhattan melodic
sway, The Lark, so pristine in upper key range as
the whole piano comes to vivid life like Van Gogh in
Then he slides through as few personal standards, one
of my favorites, Jimmy Rowles, The Peacocks. This is
like inviting a few close friends over to the house
and Fred was one of the guests and unannounced he sits
at the Steinway next to the the large window adjacent
to, as the night lights reflect off the patio and
plays, as your friends are hypnotized as you in
silent meditation til the end.
ERIN McDOUGALD MEETING PLACE Flapper Girl
The greatest yet from this young very talented dynamo
from Columbus Ohio, same as Nancy Wilson. You may
remember the outing of Wilson and eventual impact...
for this McDougald is a very different post modern
vocalist in command of her material fused with the
exciting Dan Cray Trio. Theyre Chicagos mark of
another new jazz thing, as Kurt Elling and Patricia
Barber so answered before them. Just wait til you hear
this and youll know for certain how good this
combustible trio and singer as aPat and Mike
scenario, Katherine Hepburn and William Tracy . The
electricitys all here and youll hear it in the
scenario of this young vocalist and this very talented
pianist as they via back and forth an interchange,
both challenging, controversial and
scintillating...with Spring Is Here, Lullaby Of The
Leaves, Slow Boat To China with jitterbug
Whats New is a total refrain with Erins high end
perfectly hip Celtic symbolism, accompanied by
incredible bass lines of Clark Summers. Listen to the
dicotomy, between the two... Pure love. Then her own
Sing Me The Blues is not gut throat shout, more a
Dorothy Parker ironic view.
You were there,
I was too.
Too encumbered to talk about.
The subtleties are what make this music so great!
And youll be drawn to a texture of harmonious blue,
what a few knew an existential view
an Albert Camus
raises Erins a new,
a combustible chemistry
with the Dan Cray Trio
is what this is about .
MICHAEL CARVIN MARSALIS MUSIC HONORS SERIES
There are those with the feel. Michael Carvin has
the feel for hard bop. Its a touch that you cannot
duplicate. Its in the fiber of the being and thats
the way it is with drummer Michael Carvin. It bleeds
all over this CD with a rambunctious version of The
Lamp Is Low, you hear the steady traps, a late night
tribute to an after hours glow a dance club tribute to
the hot bodies in a smoke filled room an ambiance
Carvin learned and worked with the Motown gang in LA
for years and then settled down to the music in North
Carolina and teaching drummers the feel.
There are classic R&B favorites here with Prisoner Of
Love/Body and Soul medley with saxophonist Marcus
Strickland and a guest appearance by Branford
Marsalis, reminding us of those slow smooch days of
the sixties with Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Johnny
Griffin. Once you get the handle on this CD youre
hooked,....youre absolutely hooked. Then youre
blessed with one of the all time best versions of
Charles Lloyds Forest Flower. This is really late
night as Michael Carvin embellishes your every lost
love that comes to your savoy mind with endless
brushes of time and space, chronology and grace. I
was especially struck dumbfounded by this version, for
this is very modern old school. Its more than
memorable , sinking in your soul, as if the music of
the Universe will endlessly transverse like this...
CHRIS POTTER UNDERGROUND Sunnyside
Potters the most laid back, up front of todays
post modern funk sooth sayers, thats what the
desolate groovy Manhattan canyons will do for you. A
forlorn mellow funkiness, those crazies will do to
you. Blend in a Rhodes blender along with the upper
East sider and you have a sojourn with a soda jerk, a
perk with quirk, a fifty Merc with a bubble skirt
from Wyomissing. A lurking regenerative working for
its amazing what Potter can do with all cylinders of
your sleek standard type quartet in deft com speeding
PAUL MOTIAN BAND GARDEN OF EDEN ECM
Motian has two saxophones and three guitars working
this band of sweet Motian mirthings with Charles
Monk among other Motians. Its all very enigmatic and
What would the Gods say if Prometheus wasnt
Portend was pretentious and Hortense was emblematic to
ethers of a higher consciousness, where Motian blends
the brew on this Garden Of Eden worth the
undertaking, so Gideon and King James pay attention.
Theres much more here, then a stroll down memory
lane with Bill, then endless and other more
provocative movies. One mans treasure is another
mans trash, as we listen for Godot from a dumpster,
inspecting another ones stash.
CHRIS STEWART PHOENIX: A TRIBUTE TO CANNONBALL
If Chris Stewart was the surgeon I needed for an
operation, Id recommend to Dr Stewart that he play
this CD on the loud speakers , whilst operating. For I
feel his expert reconnoitering on alto saxophone those
great heady days of the sixties and the Cannonball era
which is all over this new PHOENIX. Please go with
me on this herer I am an unimportant cog in the
everyday wheel of trivial pursuits. Im laying there
But I knew, counting backwards 10 - 9 - 8...that I
knew going in , they d be jamming on this CD and the
doctors scalpel was clear and concise as his work on
Alto Saxophone, then Id be confident in Cannonball
heaven going in...
The bliss would be waking up in the recovery room to
Stars Fell On Alabama.
Then Id ask the doctor , did you listen to the killer
tune Domination at least twice during the operation
and if he nodded and smiled , then Id be in total
PAT MARTINO REMEMBER: A TRIBUTE TO WES
MONTGOMERY Blue Note
This is Martino, thumbing a ride on the Montgomery
megaton maxillary. But dear friends he never loses his
personal identity amongst the Montgomery mystique.
The only drawback is....this is not standard today
technology! Was it intentional? Is Pat Martino
remembering those years of his special life and trying
to duplicate similar ambiance?
Sound as though this recording was made with way back
then in mind. There are some expert players here.
Dave Kikoski doing the best Wynton Kelly in years.
John Pattitucci doing the best Paul Chambers/Monk
Montgomery - Patittucci in year. Suggestion: Listen to
Pat Martinos El Hombre on Prestige and thisll make
GEORGE COTSIROLIS TRIO ON THE REBOP Origin
The kind of stuff Id hear on the Jim Rockwell show,
from a top of the Sheraton Cadillac in downtown
Detroit, circa 1961. Cotsirolis creates the nostalgia
that Johnny Smith and Tal Farlow delivered on the jazz
scene in the fifties and sixties. smooth, open and
unencumbered....for young Marlon Brando and James
delivers on record.
ENRICO PIERANUNZI PLAY MORRICONE Sunnyside
Theres provocative energy here with Pieranunzi -
Johnson and Joey Baron. Dont mistaken piano for jazz
for this is more jazz with references to Bill Evans.
Jackie Byard and George Shearing.
You may think Im crazy...
Theres a lot of organic chemistry going on here!
This aint hype for the good writers know
take it slow and easy like good sex
and itll all pose for a view
on the late - late show.
CHRISTIAN SCOTT REWIND THAT Concord
Scotts smooth trumpet delving into Miles soft
tonalities in post modern sensualities , a blending
of hard bop textures as in Rejection, with harmonies
that are smooth and woven to a chordal conglomeration
of saxophones, Walter Smith III and Donald Harrison.
Scotts tone in totally unpretentious and original
with an energized rhythm contingent, Zaccai Curtis-
Rhodes, Lugues Curtis on bass and Thomas Pridgen,
drums. The music is driven by an essential core of
this group and the melding of this sound, an extension
of Christian Scott and the group. This CD is a fine
mix of rich colorations and a sophisticated modern
bottom. Scotts trumpet playing shows considerable
depth with subtle NOLA nuance and a salty soul/bop
JIM ROTUNDI IRON MAN Criss- Cross
Theres a realism when Criss -Cross comes to a hard
bop state of mind. So much great music was happening
in the late fifties-sixties and to bring it to higher
state as Jim Rotundi who commands his trumpet with the
best of them and others here have done... Jimmy
Greene is an explosive soulful player in the Hank
Mobley tradition. And when I hear vibraphonist Steve
Nelson here, I think of those free soulfuyl open
spaces the Lem Winchester used to travel and rhythms
supplied by Doug Weiss on bass and the stalwart, Bill
Stewart on drums.
What you hear is mythology, magic and a blast from
the past with the ever post modern Jim Rotundi as
others are able to create their own music for our
THE BOB SNEIDER & JOE LOCKE FILM NOIR PROJECT
FALLEN ANGEL Sons Of Sound
A collection of themes from film noir classics. Film
Noir music in romantic, melodic and other times
dramatic, with strong recurring themes that have
added ambience to the film. This is the first in a
long time. There was a time when jazz musicians used
to release this material fairly regular basis, Duke
Ellington and Anatomy Of A Murder comes to mind.
Theres a very sophisticated tone to this new CD with
interpretrations on themes from Body Heat, Diva,
Mulholland Falls and Tomasz Stankos A Farewell To
Maria. The nostalgia reflected in this music is
prescient and refreshing...
LAWRENCE LEBO DONT CALL HER LARRY volume 2 On
The Air Records
From film noir we move to art deco and magic with
Lawrence of San Fernando. Whatever you do, dont call
her Larry. I not going to ask. She may be related to
the infamous Art Lebo. Dispensing with the word play,
she has that classic jazz embolic style as she cavorts
with the violin and guitar and those savoy stylings.
She can morph into a Cab Calloway movie, a featured
singer in a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical. Ms
Lebo is a lovely traditionalist spinning melodies
havent heard quite like this since those romantic,
turbulent thirties and forties.
PAUL ANKA ROCK SWINGS Verve Music
This is a special Paul Anka as he interposes classic
rock songs into a big band format. Its the Bobby
Darin Show all over again. Theres and accompanying
DVD of Paul Anka at the Montreal. Jazz Festival that
really seals this CD in the hearts and minds so to
speak. And this aint double speak as youll note when
you hear and see this marvelous new Anka invention.
Special acknowledgment goes to the Lone Arrangers,
Randy Kerber, Patrick Williams and John Clayton to
music of Curt Cobain, Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson,
Eric Clapton and others.
My favorite is Smells Like Team Spirit. It swings
from the fifties Billy Mays/Frank Sinatra lighthouse
of forever swinging...As the Bobby Darin swinging high
a top the NBC building. Where King Kong would
roustabout and dance with the Nichols Brothers to the
high heavens. Rock Swings is definitely an ought
five finger snapper!!!
RUDY VAN GELDER REMASTERS Concord Music Group
Ten special hard bop fifties/sixties Prestige Record
classics. Each Cd has the original album cover art
work with original liner notes, including updated
Hold the jewel cases in your hand and you feel the
difference. Out There with Eric Dolphy, Boss Tenor
with Gene Ammons, Lush Life with John Coltrane,
Relaxin with the Miles Davis Quintet, Colossus
with Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins The Hawk
Relaxes, Red Garland, Red Garlands Piano, Kenny
Dorham, Quiet Kenny, Django with MJQ and Kenny
Burrell & John Coltrane.
Originally ,Rudy Van Gelder engineered these
recordings and had the opportunity some fifty years
later to remaster these special sessions. These are
collector gems for any discerning jazz fan.
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