Passionate music driven by
creativity and diversity is the main components that I discovered when
listening to multi-instrumentalists
/composer/producer Rick Waldron’s third
recording titled “Endless Pursuit”. Waldron’s compositions
enlists a sumptuous collection of musical styles that he’s
participated in for the last 40 plus years, therefore it was
inevitable that the production of “Endless Pursuit” would indeed
take place in the year 2005.
The Players: Ken French ~ Drums, Gary Gibson ~ Percussion,
Robert Puff ~ Saxophone, Greg Parman ~ Saxophones & Flute, Alexey
Nikoleaev ~ Saxophone, Jake Bergevin ~ Trumpet, Doug Canning ~ Trumpet
& Flugelhorn, Jayne Drummond ~ Oboe, Nel Krueger, Bev Dunton, Jen
Dunton, Jill Waldron ~ Vocals and Rick Waldron ~ plays all acoustic
& electric basses, acoustic & electric guitars and keyboards
(electric & synthesizer).
Waldron and crew opens with a head bopper called “The Groove” the
rhythm section stimulates the appetite a bit with some tasty hooks, in
the meantime the horn players turns up the heat a few octaves.
Saxophonist Jake Bergevin intervenes with a your face solo that draws
you straight to the heart & soul of this groove.
Next, the group explores music on the mellow side with “Forgiveness
One”; this song reminds me somewhat of an interlude arrangement
featuring Waldron on the piano and acoustic guitar also Jane Drummond
appears playing the oboe. Her solos are warm and inviting speaking
softly with haunting & relaxing melodies.
“Forgiveness Two” gradually moves up a level into a recognizable
venue with a Metheny like melody, part two shifts gears with the rich
textures of ghost vocals compiled by Nel Krueger, Bev Dunton, Jen
Dunton, Jill Waldron. The highlight of track employee’s the skillful
sax solos of Alexey Nikoleaev and percussionists Gary Gibson drops in
to help articulate Waldron’s composition as if it was their own.
Waldron broadens his musical vocabulary with a swinging groove called
“Night Cap” featuring trumpeter Doug Canning and saxophonist
Alexey Nikoleaev, again his accomplished side-men provides a perfect
blend of shades of colors that raises to the top on the jazzy tip.
The harmonic voice of familiarity returns in a New York Voices, Rare
Silk, Manhattan Transfer state of mind with a tune titled “Starting
Over” (the introduction) features vocals by Nel Krueger, Bev Dunton,
Jen Dunton, and Jill Waldron. Rick’s engaging yet playful piano solo
is refreshing, warm and sensitive.
The breezy “Starting Over” (phase 2) walks parallel to the
footprints of contemporary jazz flugelhornist Chuck Mangione. This
track features Doug Canning’s flawless flugelhorn solos. Rick adds
his touch not only to the keys but, the accordion and trombone as
well. The band-mates
serves up a delectable full course platter enlighten by the splendid
background vocals of (Nel Krueger, Bev Dunton, Jen Dunton, Jill
Waldron) that will without a doubt inspire the moment.
Waldron’s passion for creating good music continues to boom with the
bright and colorful “El Caballo (the horse)” featuring the talents
of trumpeter Jake Bergevin, sax-man Greg Parman and multi-instrumentalists
Waldron plays the trombone this time around.
“Endless Pursuit” the title track opens with the pitter- patter of
the snare drum … Waldron’s creativity spans even further with his
choppy keyboard work and crisp background vocal gives another view of
Waldron’s musical canvas. Soon, thereafter sax-man Greg Parman and
trumpeter Jake Bergevin once again makes their solo contribution as
Rick Waldron’s admiration for variety in his music blossoms with
“Mom’s Blues”, this catchy swinging groove calls Doug
Canning’s trumpet skills to the session along with sax-man Robert
Puff’s affinity to delivery timely solos.
“After Hours” drops in at the 10th slot on “Endless
Pursuit”. At the first glance the song appeared to be in a somewhat
subdue state until Waldron’s intuitive ways brightens the moment by
eloquently caressing the keys that rapidly connects to Canning’s
heartfelt and spirited saxophone solo.
Waldron checks in at this point working the electric keys on a bouncy
track titled “Stinger” featuring the remarkable talents of
percussionist Gary Gibson.
“Road Waltz” is an exquisite piano waltz that is vibrant in texture
featuring of course Rick Waldron magical fingers. Waldron’s piano
solo glimmers with the thoughtful “I Never Told You This”, Waldron
voice enunciates each keystroke with depth and clarity.
Waldron and gang concludes
this episode on the up side with a cut called “Dionysus” featuring
his stellar cast of talented musicians from the Pacific North West,
It amazes me that Rick
Waldron has an uncanny ability to unselfishly incorporate his sideman
as featured soloist throughout on this project, kudos to you for being
so gracious. After listening to “Endless Pursuit”, it calls my
attention to the diversity in music that I enjoyed in the early
nineties particularly contemporaryjazz. Waldron serves up a
satisfyingly diverse musical palette of music here called “Endless
Pursuit”. True, the
wealth of diverse music that I’ve had the pleasure enjoy here might
not be for everyone however; the endless pursuit for diversity in
music is just the beginning for those that seek it, get it, grow with
it and savor the moments of pursuing quality music!