For this gig, Rosen is joined by long-time associates Perry Robinson and Michael Marcus. Both clarinetists are also veterans of the scene with Robinson (77 years old) first recording in the 1960s and Marcus (63) in the late 1980s. Both have extensive credentials ranging from intimate duos and trios to big bands.
Clarinet Madness will play two sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. - with separate admissions. For more information, go to firehouse12.org or call 203-785-0468. Originally, this concert was to be the last of this season but there is to be a coda - more on that later in the week.
Duane Eubanks brings a Quintet to The Side Door Jazz Club this Friday (6/10) that not only features young Mr. Douglas and Mr. McPherson but also the fine tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton (he, too, studied with Mr. McLean) and pianist Allyn Johnson (an excellent musician from the Washington D.C. area). This is shaping up to be quite a fine night of music at the Old Lyme venue.
The Door opens at 7:30 p.m. and the band takes the stage at 8:30. For more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com. To learn more about the trumpeter, go to www.duaneeubanks.com.
Here's the group in the studio (Marc Cary on the piano) from 2015:
Joining him will be pianist Benito Gonzalez (who's also featured on the album), bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Chris Beck. Expect the music to be powerful (there's a live performance of John Coltrane's "Pursuance" on Wyatt's website that will tear the speakers off the wall) as well as sensitive and blues-drenched. The man plays with conviction and soul so expect to be moved when the Quartet hits the stage.
For more information and reservations, call 860-434-0886. To learn more about the saxophonist, go to www.ericwyatt-music.com.
Here's the Quartet (different rhythm section) live at Small's in 2015:
101 Hammond B-3 Tips" resting atop the studio's organ. Looking back through the instructional guide where he had written about the "giants of the Hammond Organ", Charette decided his next album would include works by many of this giants as well as nods to the new "Lions" of the instrument.
"Once & Future" is his fourth Trio CD for Posi-Tone and features guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Steve Fidyk. Out of the 14 tracks, three are originals, one is a standard ("At Last" from the pens of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren), and the rest come from either organists or jazz greats - there's even a mighty funky version of James Brown's "Ain't It Funky Now" which would sound out of place on an album by The Meters. There's the hard-edged funk of Larry Young's "Tyrone" that he recorded on his debut for Blue Note "Into Something". A little more of "swing-funk" is heard of "Hot Barbecue" which Jack McDuff recorded in 1965. Fidyk's cymbal work is pretty impressive as is Bernard's chunky riffs and sparkling solo. The legendary Jimmy Smith wrote "Mellow Mood" for his collaboration with guitarist Wes Montgomery who contributed "Road Song" to their project. Charette and company play the tunes back-to-back; the former has a bit of a mysterious sound in the opening that flows throughout the organ solo while the latter is a medium-tempo groove with a pleasant melody and excellent solos from Charette and Bernard (this is his second recording with the organist's trio).
The leader's three contributions include's the program's closing track, the blues-soaked shuffle "Blues For 96." The sounds the organist gets from his various drawbar settings changes from track to track as well as during the song. What stands out is that not only does each song have its own personality but also that Charette, Bernard, and Fidyk never lose their focus or push the proceedings but let each song unfold organically. And, they are having fun.
"Once & Future" is a pleasure to sit down and listen to. Everyone plays well, the program is smartly chosen, and, with a little digging, you discover organists you have never heard (for instance, Freddie Roach and Leon Spencer). Hats off to Brian Charette for another fine disk. Now, see if you can convince producer Marc Free to record your Sextette!
For more information about the CD, go to www.posi-tone.com/1&future/1&future.html. To learn more about the Meriden, CT native, go to www.briancharette.com.
|photo by David McLister|
Now, thanks to Concord Records, Stax is back in business and the label's latest release is "This Is Where I Live" by William Bell. Produced by John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash), the music is that wondrous mix of gospel, blues, country and soul that Bell has created for nearly 60 years. Listening to the new album and checking out the recent videos, he's got quite a voice at the age of 77. It's got a bit more grit which he uses to great effect on the remake of "Born Under a Bad Sign" (snappy new arrangement from the producer). The ballads, such as "All Your Stories" and "The House Always Win", recall his earlier songs but display the wisdom of maturity. There are cuts that are so funky yet so melodic - "Mississippi - Arkansas Bridge" and "People Want to Go Home" - you just start to tap your foot and, before the songs ends, you're singing along.
|photo by D. McLister|
For more information, go to www.williambell.com.
Here's the artist and the producer talking about the making of the album: