|Photo: A Yatskevich|
"New Sounds" is this group's debut and, like its predecessor, it's a soulful romp through the world of "straight-ahead jazz." Also like its predecessor, the band is composed of top-notch soloists. Ms. O'Doherty, whose 2015 album "Padme" was quite impressive, is a stalwart throughout. The Israeli-native Ms. Myerson is a powerful, foundational, bassist whose solos are melodic gems. Ms. Glover has worked with Esperanza Spalding plus recorded with pianist George Colligan, has developed into a powerful soloist while Howell, a graduate of Michigan State University (where he studied with trombonist Michael Dease), has a sweet tone on alto sax. Brandon Lee and Cory Cox were both raised in Houston, TX; the former has taught at his alma mater (the Juilliard School) and the University of North Carolina/ Greensboro while the drummer has toured with the Dave Brubeck Quartet where he teaches private lessons and leads workshops.
|Photo: A. Yatskevich|
|Photo: Anna Yatskevich|
"New Sounds" stands out for the quality of both the compositions and the musicianship. The first edition of New Faces did a number of live dates (ahhh...the good old nights) and one hopes to see this group in action. In the meantime, start this year on a good foot and get lost in these "New Sounds."
To hear more and to purchase the album, go to https://newfacesjazz.bandcamp.com/.
Here's the lovely ballad "Afloat":
The Atlantic Suite" (credited to Nimmons 'N' Nine Plus Six), was issued by Sackville Records in 1974, winning numerous awards. Before that, the group had recorded for RCA-Victor and Verve. After Nimmons ended the group, he toured and recorded with small ensembles plus dedicated himself to teaching at the University of Toronto. He retired from teaching at the age of 96 and remains in good health.
"Volume I..." closes with "Liëse", another lovely ballad that adds Drew Jurecka (violin, viola) and Lydia Munchinsly (cello) while subtracting the reeds and brass. The music has a cinematic quality plus features solos from the pianist and bassist, a handsome way to end an album that pays tribute to a master of melody.Sean Nimmons-Paterson is more than a testimonial; it's a reminder that this American music crosses borders with ease, capturing musicians and composers, allowing them the freedom to use myriad influences and make something new.
For more information, go to https://www.nimmonstribute.ca/.
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