First, though, I have a podcast to recommend.
For more information, go to greenleafmusic.com/anftd-68-andrew-cyrille/.
|Photo: Sara Pettinella|
|Photo: Sara Pettinella|
"Different Flavors" closes with Gillece's "Two Down". The opening actually sounds like the perfect ending (listen closely). Thanks to the dancing qualities of the rhythm section, the track rushes forward with a such delightful spirit. The rhythm section swings lustily in support of the alto solo; right near the close, Royston takes a short solo that reminds one why he plays with so many different artists – hard to sit still listening to such a joyous noise. Have no reservations about making a reservation to spend time with Out To Dinner – this music sounds and tastes really good!
Here's a delightfully funky track:
"Listen With Your Eyes" comes to a close with what starts a another slab of funk. Macbride's solid drums open the piece but the melody and chordal patterns do not the piece settle into a pattern. Almazan, as usual, shines on his solo while Larson really digs into his spotlight. The more you listen to this new album by the Adam Larson Band, the more the excellent musicianship and intelligent melodies win you over. Open your mind and "Listen With Your Eyes."
For more information, go to http://adamlarsonjazz.com.
The album "drops" on September 5 – in the meantime, here's a tune:
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(one that included the trumpeter Fats Navarro). In the 1950s, he wrote and arranged for Clifford Brown and Sarah Vaughan plus made a number of albums including two with saxophonist John Coltrane. Narcotics addiction landed him in prison. After he served his time, Dameron wrote for numerous (including Benny Goodman) and recorded several more albums. A series of heart attacks slowed him down and cancer took him at the age of 48.
Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron" (2012, University of Michigan Press), saxophonist and educator Paul Combs (born 1946) discovered unrecorded and unpublished compositions by Dameron. He created a program for quintet around a number of the pieces. With the help of researcher and general manager Ken Poston of KSDS-FM in San Diego, CA, Combs first performed this program on the 100th anniversary of Dameron's birth. Summit Records got involved and helped underwrite the production of "Unknown Dameron: Rare and Never Recorded Works of Tadd Dameron" – the 12 tracks on the album include three from the live concert and three more each from three subsequent studio dates over 15 months.
You can't call "Unknown Dameron" "easy listening music" but this music is definitely easy on the ears. These spirited performances make one realize just how joyous and melodic the music of Todd Dameron is. Paul Combs not only plays and writes well but also brings the best out of his music. What a delight!
For more information, go to www.paulcombs.com.
Here's a track: