Monday, June 1, 2015
The Low Reeds & The Harmonic Mood
Besides the Coltrane classic, there are 2 other solo performances. The handsome woody tones of the bass clarinet makes "Just A Fading Memory" stand out. There's a poetic quality to the melody, the notes seeming to fade at the end of each line. It's bass clarinet for the other solo work, the gently flowing melody that is "Open Water." Landrus keeps these pieces short yet each one sounds complete.
With 14 tracks clocking at 53 minutes, "The Deep Below" concentrates more on melody and group interaction than on long, convoluted, solos. The interplay of Brian Landrus, Lonnie Plaxico and Billy Hart makes this album so listenable, so enjoyable. For more information, go to brianlandrus.com.
Here's the opening track:
www.davidchesky.com) is enlightening, informing one of his classical endeavors, compositions for dance troupes, children's ballets and various jazz projects dating back to the . In 2013, Chesky introduced his latest band, a quintet known as Jazz in the New Harmonic (pictured below) featuring Billy Drummond (drums), Javon Jackson (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Peter Washington (bass) and Jeremy Pelt (trumpet).
"Jazz In The New Harmonic: Primal Scream" makes no bones about its debt to the music of the masters and makes a powerful statement about the need for jazz to "dance" again. David Chesky, through his music and prose, states "we're a groove-based society", inviting all listeners to this darkly shaded yet funky experience. Kudos to all involved!