Stellar quartet playing all Shorter(reeds)compositions instantly recognizable in sound/style. They don’t play it safe(hence the title)? Mr. Shorter is now 79 years young and his talents still command attention & respect.
Piano & clarinet duets of compositions by the two players. The last track (cut #11) is an improvisation which is the most adventurous on this release. The rest have the European sensibility, tuneful, civilized & accomplished playing. Reserved emotionally yet attractive.
Brazilian sextet covers 6 jazz classics & four Adolofo compositions. Very accessible. Fine musicianship. On the light & breezy side. Interesting mixing of Brazilian forms as a basis for the jazz pieces lends to a fresh sound to these chestnuts.
Chicagoan Dawkins(reeds) on a set of standards, jazz & others proving that he can play “inside” as well as “out”. He’s put together a new gang of players from the Chicago scene for these relaxed readings of familiar tunes. Wilkes(tpt) and Delisfort(p) stand out.
Midwest based septet of players interpreting music of the 20s & 30s. They do a fine job on these well known chestnuts from the early decades of recorded jazz. WELL DONE.
A variety of instrumental settings for this keyboardist/composer/arranger. Music is fusionesque in style for quartet/quintet pieces. On Cuts #3 & 8, Jeff features his arrangements for strings. As one might expect from a musician w/a ton of experience in TV & film work, the music is accessible & does not challenge one’s ear, but it is attractive.
A hodge-podge of 9 live recordings & 2 studio(Cuts #3 & 10). Mac(tpt & trb) is a veteran session player & has played w/a “Who’s Who” list of stars in Rock, Pop, Latin & Jazz. The music is an interesting look at his talents.
Two drummers & two tubas plus other well known master players, give beautiful readings of this program of Robinson’s compositions. To hear his written voicings for the reeds is worth a listen. Fine stuff from an equally matched composer & his expert interpreters.
Ensemble fronted by Mike Reed(dr) & Jason Adasiewicz(vibes) who composed & arranged the seven pieces on this release which were based on a Sun Ra rehearsal tape from 1961. This was part of the 700 hours of the Sun Ra/El Saturn audio archive. Considering the master’s output, this is surprisingly “spacious” stuff(no pun).
3rd release from this ensemble with some different players up front. Accessible & interesting music in the post bop style w/free form tinges. Peter Apfelbaum(ts) always satisfies, even on the melodica.