[JPL] Bopndicks 10 picks April 2008

Dick Crockett bopndick at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 1 21:01:06 EDT 2008


Bopndicks 10 picks April 2008
JANE IRA BLOOM      MENTAL  WEATHER   Outline Records
You're stricken at first by the innocent beauty of “A
More Beautiful Question.” Other songs bring you
further deep into her conception. Jane Ira Bloom is
essential soprano saxophonist perfection, transforming
jazz to a high level of simplicity and affirmative
stroll to a sunny side avant gard stride.  “Mental
Weather” is where all musical things, matter.

MARIAN McPARTLAND   TWILIGHT WORLD    	Concord Jazz
A musical journey full of profound simple statements
of love and truth. McPartland's original “Twilight
World,” glides in regal happiness, a time for pools of
reflection. She performs three originals, along with
hip interpretations of songs by Johnny Mandel, Ornette
Coleman, Irving Berlin, John Lewis and Miles Davis. 
It's wise to listen to vivid remembrance and not wrong
for we who covet this masterpiece from the Grand Dame
of jazz piano.

TRAVIS SULLIVAN'S  BJORKESTRA    ENJOY!   Koch Records
“Hyperballad” as well as other songs blow in spring on
bright proud youthful Aries, blunt, playful and sexy,
this Travis Sullivan endeavor captures the note,
exhuberance of the pop star Bjork's precosious smile
down to pop avant gard virtue.  “Enjoy” is a joyful
avant pop masterpiece set in motion.  Listen to the
opening to “Alarm Call,” with eyes set to Don Ellis
big ears, forty years ago and relevant now as then.

ENRICO RAVA/STEFANO BOLLANI      THE THIRD MAN     ECM
A series of  black and white photos of Rava and
Bollani recording in studio inside the jacket of this
cd, set the intimate tone and tempo of this imaculate
effect, ranging from  Rava's Bakeresque moods to a
profound classic sense that Bollani develops
throughout. “Third Man” tells a story in metaphor as
well as the Orson Wells noir classic.

TIGRAN  HAMASYAN TRIO    NEW ERA   Nocturne/Blujazz
A true artist reveals his pain and joy in 25 words or
less.
You know immediately when you hear Hamasyan, he has
the flare and chops for greatness. This cd is the very
beginning of a remarkable career. His vigorous sense
of time similar to Oscar Peterson, yet with Armenian
roots on the other side is various and scarey
original. 
Prepare yourself for second sighting, a genius that
Gurdjieff appreciate, for Hanmasyan has moves bringing
two like Petrucianni and Peterson in “Aparani Par
(The Dance Of Aparan) before  Parisian revelers and
dancers.

BOBBY WATSON   FROM THE HEART   Palmetto Records
A post bop modern as you've never head with “ Wilkes
bbg.” Is this the same Wilkes, who toiled away on  the
late, late show in Sacramento, while Ray Carver was
scribbling short stories in the middle of the night at
Weinstocks?
Could be self same.
However, it's cool not to recognize until later in the
21st Century.
Maybe Bobby recognizes a dear friend of jazz on the
internet, carrying on the mantel of the all night jazz
show, which, by the way, Bobby Watson zeros in on its
best saves.

GREG AUGUST SEXTET     ONE PEACE      Iacuessa Records
Bassist Greg August has that 'yen' to write music as
Charles Mingus and David Holland have  had....to write
out the parts leaving space for expression. This band
relishes youthful interject with upstart Stacy Dillard
on saxophone, Myron Walden-sax, Jhn Bailey-trumpet,
Luis Perdomo-piano, and EJ Strickland-drums.
Original bop and re bop are the pervasive elements in
this new cd, a project that'll make some bones to come
for the next avant gard with a touch of bop original,
Greg August. Voracious trumpeter, John Bailey reminds
us what Woody Shaw says what...some time ago.

KAREN BLIXT    MAD HOPE     hifli Records
No fan fare or farce,  for frivolity is scat. Karen
Blixt flips on the bebop rebop scat flip- flop  right
off with Charlie Parker's “Billy's Bounce.   Producer
Frrank Martin collaborates on “Jazz Ants,””Antiqua”
and others, what makes this an original spectacle.
I'm fixed on the Desmond's “Take Ten” with words by
Blixt on “Five & Five.”  A fast drying freek'n with
Karen Blixt and Kenny Washington trading vocalizing to
this nu jazz vocal classic.
You'll find a gem whatever your obsession on this low
key hip free zoning cd.

RICHARD UNDERHILL   MOMENT IN TIME     Stubby Records
Nominated for the 2007 Juno award, alto saxophonist
Richard Underhill shows the kind of new writing and
saxophone 'cop' that legends are made for and his
tonal/atonal qualities are to die for...all fresh and
original, the kind of stuff that boy and girl reed
players alike can ascribe.

ALEX GRAHAM      BRAND NEW  Origin Records 
This is a line up of considered jazz heavy hitters, 
Jim Rotundi, trumpet, Steve Davis, trombone, David
Hazeltine, piano, Rodney Whitaker, bass and Carl
Allen, drums.
Graham's alto soothes with the heavy smoke of
Cannonball, soars like a Bird and centers it all in as
Phil Woods would, orchestrated as in “All The Things
You Are” and otherwise.

ONES TO WATCH:
FELICIA CARTER  FEATHER/ STEP LIGHTLY    Alberta
Records
“WJR, a clear channel radio station used to feature
vocalists at noon on a 'live' radio show in the early
sixties. 
 'Rambling with Gambling' on  WOR used to do it too
with vocalists singing live on the radio in front of a
studio audience.  Part of their early tradition from
the forties. 
This is what Felicia Carter does so well,  bringing it
up like it was yesterday. It should be like this,
where Felicia Carter would make us pause on a radio
show at noon on the East Coast, Mid West and the West
combined.  That would be a lovely thing.
VINCE SENERI    THE PRINCE'S GROOVE    Princever
Records
Seneri is from a long line of Philadelphia B-3
burners, Jimmy Smith, Joey De, Charles Earland and ...
The new B-3 is smaller and packs more punch than the
original Hammond B-3, as the Ford Shelby Cobra, light,
quick and so fast off the line. Seneri's band is to
brag about! Randy Brecker, Houston Person, Dave
Valintin and anybody, aka 'Richie' Flores with Gary
Fritz percussion  and Buddy 'mellow pak' Williams on
drums.
Forget about it! This is old days/new days/Jersey
days. 
>From the other coast, the great Northwest. comes a
different conception of funk.
MATT JORGENSEN +451    ANOTHER MORNING   Origin
Records
Is your answer to the other side of funk where Jersey
City is fading mythology, aqnd space mountain is the
new anthology, where Santa Cruz women prefer hair on
their legs than a full body wax, where oder is an
essence of nirvana. 
Drummer Jorgensen has assembled a cast of Ryan Burns,
keyboards, Mike Taylor saxophones, Phil Sparks, bass
to further the new funk muse of yesterday, today and
tomorrow.
LIBBY YORK   HERE WITH YOU   Libby York Music
She's right there in the fifties with that Julie
London side, especially, right off with the Peggy Lee
tune, “I Love Being Here With You.”
This new cd by Libby York is  a cacaphony of human
spirit, a lord step above the rest of jazz singers for
the new century, for Libby York blends the past with
the present. “For All We Know” will inspire romance
and memoriesasnd with award winning Russell Malone,
more than special.  Then the duet with Warren Vache',
cornetist and this case a superb vocal accompanist,
this is romance in all it's flight and fancy, stated
with elegance of a  Cary Grant and Grace Kelly as we
remember those big city Saturday nights, the music,
the love and exhilerating crazy nights.  Libby York,
goddess of the ballad will make it so.
SUSAN ARIOLI BAND featuring JORDAN OFFICER   LIVE at
Le Festival International De Jazz De Montreal    
Les Paul and Mary Ford came along when TV got started
and radio stations had nothing left, but to play
music. Susie Arioli band with guitarist Jordan Officer
relive those moments befroe a live audience. You'll
listen and realize that this is the essence of, in
this case, mid town North American music for we have
an affinity for our northern neighbors, for my
relatives and yours came from that place, where the
folks wonder why we fall for all the crazy hype.
PS: We'd most certainly love Susie Arioli band with
Jordan Officer in Winters, California.
Dick Crockett
“The Voice” 88.7fm
4623 T Street, Suite A
Sacramento, Ca 95819-4743
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