"New Faces" is a tasty concoction, an album that is sneaky good. On the surface, most of the music sounds "straight-ahead jazz" and it is. But, listen closely to the excellent rhythm section, to the intelligent choice of tunes, and to how the "front line" responds to all the different types of tunes. Best of all, it's fun to listen to.
For more information, go to www.posi-tone.com/newfaces/newfaces.html.
Here's the delightful "Frederico":
"Reaching Out" is melodic, exciting, and quite accessible. Michael Dease shares the spotlight throughout the album and both Ralph Bowen and WaltWeiskopf take full advantage of the solo space (they trade phrases with abandon on "Morning Shade") as well as serve as smart counterpoint on a majority of the tracks. Pay attention to the contributions of the "kids", Luther Allison and Zach Adleman: they play well now and will only get better and smarter. Posi-Tone "keeps on swinging" and we are the beneficiaries!
For more information, go to www.posi-tone.com/reachingout/reachingout.html and to www.michaeldease.com.
Here's a tip of Mr. Dease's musical chapeau to writer/blogger Malcolm Gladwell: