[JPL] JAZZ REVIEW Jazzy just isn't the same thing

philipbooth at tampabay.rr.com philipbooth at tampabay.rr.com
Fri Sep 1 13:48:43 EDT 2006


This is off in another direction, sort of, but ... Sco really meshes 
well with MMW on the Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood "Out Louder" CD 
(Indirecto). The four sound even better than they did on Sco's "A Go 
Go" release of 1998 and on some of the sit-ins Sco did with MMW, like 
at the Montreal fest of four years ago or so. 

To my ears, it's a good example of how jazz can mix intelligently and 
appealingly with funk, fusion, jamband and experimental styles without 
becoming some weak dilution of those styles. Jazzy, yes, but IMO not 
at all musically shallow.

And on a related note, I can't get enough of Richard Bona's new Tiki 
(Decca), also a really intriguing melange of jazz(y) styles. Bona was 
superb, too, during that Blue Note show in New York (back in January) 
with Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Gil Goldstein, Mike Manieri, the 
late Don Alias and a string trio. 
Philip Booth 


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Date: Friday, September 1, 2006 1:35 pm
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> Can I ask a dumb question, please?
> 
> What's "Jazzy"? 
> 
> If the major record labels no longer have a Jazz dept. yet Benson and
> Jarreau are on GRP - "The Very Best in Smooth Jazz" (part of the 
Verve
> Group) with Raúl Midón on Manhattan (part of Angel - primarily a 
> classicallabel), then they are NOT Jazz artists, right?
> 
> I may be mistaken, but didn't Verve give John Scofield and John 
> McLaughlinthe boot a couple of months ago? Does that mean that 
> they ARE Jazz artists?
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> Confused,
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> Rick Calic
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> JAZZ REVIEW
> Jazzy just isn't the same thing
> By Don Heckman
> Special to The Times
> 
> September 1, 2006
> 
> There's jazz, and there's jazzy. And, despite their verbal 
> similarity, they
> don't often have a lot to do with each other. The performances by Al
> Jarreau, George Benson and Raúl Midón at the Hollywood Bowl on 
> Wednesdaynight had the potential to intriguingly juxtapose both 
> these disparate
> notions. Jarreau and Benson have demonstrated the ability to 
> deliver prime,
> hard-swinging improvisational music, as well as catchy, hook-oriented
> "jazzy" pop. And Midón, younger and less seasoned, has displayed a 
> similarmusical eclecticism.
> 
> OK, that sounds good as preview, but it didn't exactly work out 
> that way on
> stage. Midón, on first, performed with only his solo guitar as
> accompaniment. Singing originals written from a distinctly Stevie 
> Wonderperspective, he delivered an entertaining if somewhat 
> repetitive-sounding
> set of songs. Despite several efforts to cross into jazz, his 
> efforts in
> this arena seemed very much like a work in progress. Midón's most 
> effectivepassages, in fact, came in a scat-singing finale with 
> Jarreau and Benson, in
> which he more than held his own.
> 
> Jarreau's performance promised the most for the jazz-heads in the 
> audience.He has been one of the most unusual vocal artists in the 
> genre for three
> decades, winning multiple jazz vocal Grammys. This time, however, 
> he seemed
> more concerned with emphasizing his humorous persona ? stalking 
> the stage,
> interacting with the crowd, overemphasizing his vocal tendency to 
> use bursts
> of sound and eccentric pronunciation. His version of "Take Five" ? 
> usually a
> showcase of his extraordinary improvisational skills ? was largely 
> a drum
> solo.
> 
> Benson's performances in recent years have emphasized the jazzy 
> aspects of
> his music, and this night was no exception. Most of the set became 
> a living
> jukebox program of hits. Every now and then, for very brief passages,
> Benson's remarkable guitar skills managed to surface through his 
> ensemble'smonochromatic wall of sound. More often ? even in the 
> duet numbers with
> Jarreau from their new album, "Givin' It Up" ? the real jazz 
> abilities of
> these two gifted performers were lost in the rush to jazzy commercial
> nirvana.
> 
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> years from his highly acclaimed quintet featuring CHRIS POTTER 
> (tenor and soprano), STEVE NELSON (vibes), ROBIN EUBANKS 
> (trombone), and NATE SMITH (drums).  CRITICAL MASS features eight 
> road-tested, original compositions on record for the first time 
> and, of course, masterful performances by a jazz group that has 
> become a trademark for excellence in music.
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