Urban Jazz Coalition - Contempo
Urban Jazz Coalition are Jim Bridges (drums), Ben Sherburne (tenor,
alto and soprano saxophones, flute and backing keyboards), Brandon
Howard (keyboards), Phil Raney (electric bass), Joe Gothard (guitars),
Hector Maldonado (percussion) and Lee Savory (trumpet), who doesn't
play on their second album. The first album of this group I listen to
The Night". No question, the band found my interest. While
this album was selled over their website and some exclusive sellers in
the net, their second album is a Jazziz release. Nevertheless
informations about this album are hardly to find.
with U-Bop The Urban Jazz Coalition shows
a funky side with saxophone dominance. Ben has played in several sax
Howard introduces into The Wizzard with
some laid-back piano chords preparing for Ben Sherburne's awesome
soprano sax solo.
Juan Nights, already known by their first album and certainly
the most-played tune of both albums, is a Latin flavored piano piece.
San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, is also one of the centres
of Salsa music. This tune evokes imaginative pictures of a drive along
a beach boulevard in San Juan in the sultry summer night.
Dusk is a slow-tempo melody with piano runnings and trills in
the upper octaves and a nice keyboards background.
features Joe Gothard's distortion guitar accompanied by Ben Sherburne
's sax as the leading instrument.
a tribute to Miles Davis, has a strong Fusion Jazz character.
means "we" in Spanish. Joe Gothard's distortion guitar gives
this tune a rockish touch. Ben Sherburne 's sax gets a raw blow.
into Smooth Jazz is Angel. Warm keyboards
and sax sounds are mixed to a contemplative tune to dream about.
What is Jamocha? The name of a horse,
a java compiler,
a rum 'n budder
cake? No, it's the next tune of this album. More sax and
Calientes (Hot Nights) features the special guest Christian
Howes on electric violin. An uptempo tune with extensive solos of
Christian Howes supported by Ben Sherburne's similiar soprano sax.
demands to be contemporary. But this album isn't the stuff Smooth Jazz
radio-stations are broadcasting nowadays. The Urban Jazz Coalition
have kept their unadulterated originality.