February 17th 2003
…Foreword by the Hazelrigg-Leonard Group.
2001 album by a contemporary jazz quartet has ten tracks which I would
class as jazz-rock, though it avoids the excesses which some jazz-rock
albums are prone to.
tracks range from the bluesy, to intense, to lively.
Easy Street moves at a slow pace and the electric guitar
has a lazy, bluesy sound.
The piano-led Nocturnicity is slow, elegant and lovely.
It is late-night music but don’t get so laid back that you miss
the subtle high-register bass solo.
Staten Island Expressway is another piano-led song which
is much more lyrical than its title suggests.
title track is very intense with a hypnotic piano riff, passionate
guitar and a frenetic drum solo.
a lighter vein, their take on the Police’s Synchronicity II is
That clean electric guitar carries the melody strongly, and
though the sinister undertone is muted, this rendition is delivered with
Samba in C Minor has a less rocky and warmer jazz sound
than some tracks and it’s a real toe-tapper.
There’s some adventurous bass soloing here.
The CD is released on Replicant Records.
African jazz from Absolute Zero - Spirit
CD (also from 2001) is a superb and inventive blend of contemporary jazz
tonalities and traditional African music.
Some of it, as you’d expect, is extremely danceable.
The bass-driven Picasso has slick doubled lines on sax,
keyboards and guitar and the funky Afro beat of Bree Street is
topped off with some very sweet alto sax and moves really nicely, with
very mellow soloing.
I love this song!
are some songs where you have to listen to appreciate how clever they
Tenors is a piano-led song with a muted samba beat and some lovely
flute playing from Stephen Berliner.
The unusual time signature, accented by clicking rhythm guitar,
makes 7th Heaven (yep, it’s in 7/4 time) a hard song to get
into until you find yourself following the 12-bar blues chord sequence.
a quaint, sad feel on the rhythmically busy Surreptitious.
There’s an authentic 3/4 time African sway underneath
Likewise, the minor chords on Rio make this Latin dancer
with deft cymbal work and percussion much bluer than the average
How much do they sound like Spyro Gyra on this song?
The CD is released on Entropy Records.
of three reissues from Patrice Rushen – Patrice.
Bird Records in the USA has just reissued Pizzazz, Posh and Patrice.
All 3 albums were originally issued just before Patrice hit the
big time with Forget-me-Nots.
dates from 1978 and features early performances from bassists Abe
Laboriel and Freddie Washington, drummer James Gadson and guitarist Al
ten songs include the deeply romantic When I Found You and Didn’t
you Know with its pleading and poignant lyric.
This album really signalled Patrice Rushen’s transition to
being a singer first and foremost, and on the funky Hang It Up
and the riotous Changes she’s heard clearly developing as a
It has to be said that her cast of backing singers, including Jim
Gilstrap, Maxine and Oren Waters and Syreeta is one of the best too!
of the Earth and Let’s
Sing a Song of Love have a joyousness typical of Earth, Wind &
I bought this CD for old time’s sake.
The great songwriting and mass of subtle touches make this more
than just a trip down memory lane.
Truly by Tom Browne.
look like they’ll never release it on CD so I hunted down the vinyl.
I’m glad I did – the chaotic Fungi Mama sounds as good
as ever with the phat-est synth bass and insane chants and rooster
calls. Oh yes, you heard me
and the funky Bye Gones are the album’s best known tracks but
don’t overlook the elegant and strutting Charisma and two
contrasting Coltrane compositions; the frantic Lazy Bird and the
blissed-out Naima (Wynton Marsalis wasn’t the only young
trumpeter cutting it in the 1980’s).
the song I wanted most was Come for the Ride.
Never released on CD, it features the inspirational, funky bass
of Sekou Bunch and once it’s rockin’ you’ll hear Japanese koto and
kazoos thrown in there. This
is up, up, up and it’s good to the last drop.
the vinyl, burn it on CD, play it on the way to work.
a nice day!!