[JPL] bopndicks 10 picks April 2010
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10 picks April 2010
JAMAL A QUIET TIME Dreyfus Records
pianist, extraordinaire. Ahmad Jamal has another creation for his
avid followers, including me. It's called “A Quiet Time.” His
distinct sophisticated style is playful, ironic, yet, a festive
oxymoron, as if Martin Denny plays the Bud Powell songbook, or, is
it Bud Powell playing the Martin Denny songbook!? No matter is a mad
hatter, as timeless as a refreshing Ahmad Jamal with nine originals,
a Jamal strut to a Randy Weston bop classic, besides a “I Hear A
up for the man who has all the grace, class and magnanimous pose of a
great unique artist.
always feel good and learn something new in the now.
“A Quiet Time,” means mankind loves listening to Ahmad Jamal.
BAERMAN/WAYNE ESCOFFERY/AMANDA MONACO/VINNIE SPERRAZA/HENRY LUGO
PLAYTIME Positone Records
Five players equal one, to dabble in the new Cool. No
one stands above the other. Each contributes substantially to the
other. They are, Noah Baerman, piano, Wayne Escoffery, saxophone ,
Amanda Monaco, guitar, Vinnie Sperazza, drums and Henry Lugo, bass.
revives a special time, the very hip, very cool fifties where
Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Monty Budwig
ruled the late night airwaves.
COHEN CLARINETWORK LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD ANZIC
Cohen is by far the greatest living jazz clarinetist in the world!
Whether or not, you will
agree after listening to this classic 2009 session at the Village
Vanguard commemorating Benny Goodman's numerous contributions to
Anat Cohen swings with a rousing back up from Benny
Green, piano, Peter Washington, bass and the venerable Lewis Nash a
The program of tunes are really from a Benny Goodman
songbook. “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Lullaby Of The Leaves,” “St
James Infirmary,” “St Louis Blues,” among others.
Cohen's special rendition on “St James Infirmary”
offers an excellent contribution, not an exact same copy of a
Anat Cohen's band performs all of them in a special way
to remind us that a comemerative jazz past, is an ever present a
partisan to the future of this great American music.
IRBY QUARTET LIVE AT THE OTTO CLUB-Naples
Black Warrior Records
This Sherman Irby CD is a bona vide, real live classic!
Recorded, live, at The Otto Club in Naples, this band is so tight!
And with pianist Nico Menzi, Marco Marzola, bass and Darrell Green on
drums, the whole thing starts right off with a positively smoking
version of Oscar Pettiford's “Bohemia After Dark,” setting the
tone for an all-out 'take no prisoners' scat of great mainstream
commemorative to how it was and still is!
Sherman Irby is tireless and aggressive in his
interpretations of Roy Hargrove's “Depth,” Coltrane's
“Countdown,” Miles “Four” and Monk's “In Walked Bud.”
Alto saxophonist Sherman Irby has a performance that
registers heavenly with the Mt. Olympus of jazz performers. Ever!
Cannonball would nod in approval.
It's one special night at Club Otto!
If you were there, you'd come out in the cool night,
after wards, and tempted to smoke, again. Don't be. It's just the
marvelous effect of wondrous music.
Sherman Irby Quartet “Live At The Otto Club” is only
absolute jazz euphoria.
ALLISON THE WAY OF THE WORLD
Vintage Mose, aka “the Seventh Son,” is still rollin
And we're still blessed with his presence.
He's always been a bridge from blues past to jazz plu
perfect- right in the middle of expressive Southern nuance and a
hip down cool stance.
Always on his own as a writer and a piano player, who
enjoys the art of self effacing smooth chaos.
It all works for him, an ark of jazz covenant in humor,
adroit, jazz conundrum.
Producer Joe Henry has framed Mose Allison, the singer,
a quixotic story teller and blues lover of jazz, that he is...
New Situation,” sung by Amy, his daughter and Mose, himself on
piano is warm, personal and forthcoming
A 65 year old Vietnam veteran, riding a stolen mountain
bike, carrying a nap sack of his worldly belongings, was stopped and
asked by your intrepid street reporter, his opinion on the new Mose
Allison, “The Way Of The World.”
He stopped, momentarily, then replied, “It's the best
EVANS FAITH IN ACTION
Pianist Orrin Evans born in Trenton, spent his youth in
Philadelphia, educated at Rutgers under Kenny Baron's tutelage.
Orrin Evans is an extraordinary young talent, whose CD, “Faith In
Action”reflects his unbridled hyper capacity to explore the edges,
to keep it straight ahead, down the middle to the hard bop
You pick up on Evans enthused portrayals with major
influences in his style from Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell
and Thelonius Monk.
It's very clear, that Orrin Evans has that gospel/blues
cool inventiveness, prevalent in energetic hard bop pianists.
He's a good listener whose chosen his path to the music,
as with another Philadelphia jazz pianist, Bobby Timmons, who decades
ago, had a somewhat bop reflectiveness.
You feel the full scope of Orrin Evans conception in the
post modern in “Faith In Action,”another antecedent to the fumage
( payin dues) of Orrin Evans.
There's just too much technique, power and enthusiasm,
to pass up on with this pianist.
WEISS TRIO TIMSHEL Sunnyside
Drummer Dan Weiss is a composer- innovator, indicative
on this new CD. “Timshel,” in Hebrew, means 'Thou Mayest.' Each
of us controls our own destiny. This gives Weiss a deep more
spiritual creative license to open the way.
Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, bass are avid collaborators in this
experiment in rhythm, time sequence and melody
You'll hear it listening to “Stefanie,” “Fredric,”
“ Teental Song” and their captivating nuance. “Always Be
Closing is dialogue from David Mamet's play/movie adaptation of
“Glengarry Glenross,” between Jack Lemon and Al Pacino,
accompanied by Weiss drumming.
The dynamic rhythm of language.”Chakradar #4” is an
interesting undulation with vocal pitches representing tabla drum
Dan Weiss adds seemingly odd components to a diffuse
structure of compositions, a sound in an acoustic trio setting, that
works with superb dramatic intent.
Quietly and with purpose, “Timshel” hits the ground
running with a distinct rearrangement in the evolving of modern
contemporary of jazz composition.
CLAYTON TWO-SHADE Emarcy
Young pianist and new post modern jazz performer,
Gerald Clayton, born in the Netherlands, raised in Southern
California under the tutelage of his father/ bassist/ bandleader John
Clayton. This CD under this leader is one of the top trio CD's of
2009. And with new staying power of excellent good jazz, “Two
Shade” still remains as one of still the best in 2010 with Emarcy
GALPER TRIO with JOHN BISHOP /JEFF JOHNSON E PLURIBUS UNUM
LIVE IN SEATTLE Origin
Pianist Hal Galper, origin, Salem Massachusetts,
wunderkind, Berklee School of music , 1955 -58, a real hard core
jazz aficionado and free player whose roots are the from hard bop in
stints with Chet Baker and “Baby Breeze” in the 60's, extensive
tours with Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods, and over the years
among various teaching engagements.
Recorded live in Seattle at the Earshot Jazz Festival,
2009 with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer, John Bishop, this has to
be the most candid, wild and crazy Hal Galper, yet!
FULLER DECISIVE STEPS
Mack Avenue Records
Alto saxophonist, Tia Fuller is an extraordinary
musician and composer as evidenced in this new CD, “Decisive
Steps.” A graduate of Spelman College For Women, Atlanta and a
Masters in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance at University of Colorado,
Tia Fuller is educated, sophisticated in the various arts of
contemporary music with collaborations with pop artist, Beyonce' and
prominent jazz trumpet player, Sean Jones.
Steps” extrapolates the great jazz from the post beyond. Tia
Fuller's original compositions provide these musicians, ladies of an
all-in-one cogent group, aided with a crest of male ancillaries
moving forward with excellence, Sean Jones, Christian Mc Bride and
Warren Wolf on vibraphone contributing much soul to this new CD.
CULLUM THE PURSUIT Verve
Jamie Cullum is a jazz crooner, pop star,composer,
lyricist, pianist with an absolute powerhouse delivery with his
dynamic rendition of Cole Porter's “It Was Just One Of Those
This young Englishman has a nice contemporary fix in his
music with originals “I'm All Over It,””Wheels,” an absolute
winner in “You And Me Are Gone,” “Please Don't Stop The Music”
and so far in his sky rocket career the crowning touch,the theme from
the motion picture, “Grand Torino.”
Through” is a total jam, right out of vestures, from Phil Spector
to Quincy Jones.
This is only the beginning for this remarkable young talent.
JUNGR THE MEN I LOVE-THE NEW AMERICAN SONGBOOK
Jungr sings stories in the fine tradition of the cabaret singer. This
collection created during her appearances at The Cafe Carlyle on E
Street on Manhattan's upper east side. Cafe Carlyle is a posh elegant
jazz club where Bobby Short held forth for almost four decades
singing (interpreting ) with great urbane sophistication, classics
from the great American songbook. Barb Jungr and pianist Simon
Wallace, through patient repeated live performing have created this
“The New American Songbook” in the spirit of Bobby Short, or so,
from this personal observation a casual carousal The Cafe Carlyle,
some forty years ago.
As your entered, past the bust of Cleopatra, there was
Bobby Short at the piano on a Tuesday night, doing what he does best.
Now that's celebrity, an articulate jazz pianist/singer
giving it up every night at The Carlyle. What a rare visit bouncin
around town with pals at the 45th street office.
Barb Jungr captures that same intimacy with songs from
contemporary composers, David Byrne, Neal Diamond, Bruce Springsteen,
Todd Rundgren, David Gates, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Jimmy Webb. The
arrangements are different, more dramatic, intense, poignant,
bringing out more diverse settings and emotions.
This English lady knows how to deliver the message-
cabaret tradition in these songs, apropos to the master of Cabaret
Singer, Bobby Short.
LONNIE SMITH THE ART OF OF ORGANIZING
Criss Cross Jazz
Jazz organist, Dr Lonnie Smith is a great Jazz
Organist,voted Jazz Organist of the year, 2009 at the Jazz Journalist
annual Jazz Awards.
This CD, released in 2009 was recorded in 1993 with
guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Billy Drummand is a study of
the great mainstream hard bop organists, Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack
McDuff, Shirley Scott, Jimmy McGriff and Milt Buckner.
Smith's rendition of Charlie Parker's “My little Suede
Shoes” is a mainstream groove.
Peter Bernstein's guitar runs are reminiscent of Grant
Green, and that's the whole idea of this new CD. Get back to the
basics. This is what Dr Lonnie Smith does so well amidst the glory of
the performing shouts and blues shorts.
HARMS IN THE INDIGO nancyharms.com
Vocalist Nancy Harms has that silky blues quality in her
singing, much like a young Peggy Lee.
Robert Bell has a hand in the arranging the songs for
this young talent, no doubt, giving encouragement to her instincts.
We really dug her version of a Dorothy Parker's only
written song, “I Wished On A Moon.” It has that Chet Baker hip
Nancy Harms is an extraordinary talent from Minneapolis,
whose first CD will create interest.
Her version of John Mayer's “Great Indoors” really
sold it for our criterion.
Nancy Harm's new CD, “In The Indigo,” presents a new
young artist, who has the vocal capacity and range with lyric skills
to conjure a marvelous new career.
EGAN TRUTH BE TOLD
Fretless or fretted, no matter, effortless Mark Egan is
one of the best electric bassists ever!
He studied with acclaimed Jaco Pastorious, whose
imbedded electronic bassist synergy became contemporary jazz
forethought of the 70's, when Miles, McLaughlin, Metheny and company
jammed among the electric best, and “Weather Report” would do,
Mark Egan teams up with other funk A listers, Bill
Evans, saxophones, Mitch Foreman, keyboards, Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
and Roger Squitero, percussion for this unforgettable new CD, “Truth
It's fabulous to be honest.
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