[JPL] BOPNDICKS 10 PICKS JAN 2011

Dick Crockett bopndick at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 28 01:38:17 EST 2011


BOPNDICKS 10 PICKS   JANUARY 2011

CASSANDRA WILSON     SILVER PONY      Blue Note
A lady who never strays too far from her southern roots, with a very sexy tone. Cassandra Wilson kicks it for number one  this January, Her version of “Saddle Up My Pony” with the aid of slide guitar magician, Marvin Sewell makes it a memorable performance.

LOUIS HAYES JAZZ COMMUNICATORS     LOU'S IDEA    American Showplace Music
“Drummer Louis Hayes, MR DETROIT, sets the bop tone of Art Blakey- A retribution that post boppers will cherish glad fully among us.”

PETER MACDONOUGH'S    THE WOO    A LATIN JAZZ SUITE for SOPRANO SAXOPHONE      petermacdonough,com
“What a unique conception, One of my favorites of American missive mythology, “The Wizard Of Oz,”in  this case set to a Latin theme to “The Wiz” is even more wizzy with Peter Macdonough's soprano saxophone, easy delightful portrait-magic to a positive today, now of dancing the daylight away. It's all true West Coast style.

MATT  GARRISON       FAMILIAR PLACES       Dclef Records
Nice play, good writer this young saxophonist Matt Garrison. A cross between Hank Mobley and Stan Getz, certainly has my attention, from then til now- a beatification of jazz and imagination.

PETE MALINVERNI TRIO          A BEAUTIFUL THING         Saranac Records
Pete Malinverni is simply a great pianist.  His exposure may still be a best kept secret, globally. Maybe you just haven't heard yet.
Once you will and you'll know how articulate in the vertical and 3 D horizontal this guy really is...up and down the total jazz standard mainstream. 

PETER PAULSON QUINTET    GOES WITHOUT SAYING    Square Peg Works
Paulsen is the real deal. I thought of Charles Mingus while listening to this CD He teaches at various U's in the Philadelphia area. Good thing. Because when generations figure what's wrong with media, then Paulsen's words will resonate.  
Wayne Shorter's “feefifofum” is really a hip post modern trip!
  

AVISHAI  COHEN TRIO      TRIVINI         Anzic Records 
Trumpet player Avishai Cohen's  “Trivini” was one of  last month's “Ones To Watch.”
It's still there now, Avishai Cohen's swagger, attention and command to the hard bop idiom.   
Sounds like a late fifties bop scene down the street in the corner bar where the locals hang out to blow and curl some vintage Blue Mitchell.

RUSSELL MALONE      TRIPLE PLAY      MAXXJAZZ
Russell Malone is a great jazz classic multi- generational guitarist. Bright and cheery, with a feel for what was and is now.

MR HO'S ORCHESTROTICA  presents  THE UNFORGETTALE SOUNDS OF ESQUIVEL   TIKI Records
This is stunning orchestration-provocative and sorely missed, late fifties- sixties, early FM radio, no doubt.  Prez Prado, Bert Kaempfert and very post Spike Jones. 
Play this CD at your next cocktail party and don't say anything until some one asks, and believe me, they will ask, especially if it's on a continuous loop.  My advice, try to keep it twenty five words or less and mention The Jettsons and  ask them to watch Bert Kaempfert, “Mr Hit maker” 1967 on you tube. Have fun.  It's a glorious Lawrence Welk show on steroids.

ANAT FORT TRIO      AND IF      ECM
“This young lady pianist with all her post modern minimalist intentions celebrates her second CD, “And If.”  You may not know it now,  but she has taken her seat among the new post modernists.”

ONES TO WATCH:

RANDY HALBERSTADT       FLASH POINT    Origin Records
Pianist Randy Halberstadt is a sprite- delight, a  straight ahead nocturnition, with West Coat cred of Thomas Marriott- trumpet, Mark Taylor-alto sax, Jeff Johnson -bass and Mark Ivester- drums.  
A superb jazz quintet, that' ll  grace the bop gray matter of any all night jazz radio show.

RALPH ALESSI       COGNITIVE DISSONANCE       CAMJAZZ
Anxiety from holding opposing, seeming contradictory views-the pulse of jazz- gathering life force of simultaneous gatherings. Trumpet Ralph Alessi `quartet achieves this spontaneity of motion, for times sake in lava-like oil, Van Gogh intensity.

ESPERANZA SPALDING    CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY        Heads Up Records
A gem in the making with mentoring arrangements by Gil Goldstein. , Esperanza Spalding is fast creating a modern legend for her self.

THE JAZZ PROFESSORS   LIVE FROM THE UCF-JAZZ FESTIVAL    Flying Horse Records
Beautiful!  Saxophonist Jeff Rupert and Grant Stewart on “Old Devil Moon” and the quintet make it sound magic in a Paul Desmond notion in the life of a Jazz Festival. Could be Newport, fifty years ago, in  reality, Orlando in March where snow birds frolic in a summer dream.

JASON ADASIEWICZ    SUN ROOMS     Delmark Records
How can vibraphonist Jason Adaschiewicz create so much music with a trio? He has great time and tempo, creating a Bobby Hutcherson reverence for the blues in temperance.

DICK CROCKETT
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