domingo, 10 de febrero de 2013

American Jazz Institute presents Mark Masters Ensemble - Porgy & Bess Redefined!(2005)

George Gershwin is one composer whose output, particularly Porgy & Bess, lends itself to frequent reinvention. Mark Masters' approach combines an enhancement of the Gil Evans/Miles Davis creation with a recoloring of Gershwin's concept. Since Gershwin's changes are definitive, Masters seldom has to reharmonize. Besides, soloists such as trombonist Dave Woodley, trumpeter Tim Hagans, tenorist Billy Harper and baritonist Gary Smulyan fashion such in-and-out statements that their solos often lend a feeling of bitonality.

The album begins with an overture, "Introduction," with hints of themes to come. It ends with a Ray Drummond bass solo that walks smack into a wailing "Summertime" in the same key, which is sparked by clusters, double time, free passages and brilliant solos by Harper, Woodley and Hagans. "It Ain't Necessarily So" also wails but at a leisurely pace, boasting a fine trombone plunger solo by Woodley. "Clara, Clara" and "Here Comes de Honey Man," the latter in 7/4, are atmospheric gems. Smulyan's allegiance to melody makes "I Loves You, Porgy" unforgettable. Masters' chart on "There's a Boat Dat's Leaving," propelled by drummer Joe La Barbera and the comping of pianist Cecilia Coleman, climaxes with a pyramid that ends on an exclamation point.

Mark Masters - leader, arranger
Don Shelton - soprano & tenor sax, alto flute
John Riley - tenor sax, bassoon
Billy Harper - tenor sax
Gary Smulyan - baritone sax
Tim Hagans - trumpet
Tom DeLibero - trumpet
Les Lovitt - trumpet
Louis Fasman - trumpet
Dave Woodley - trombone
Les Benedict - trombone
Stephanie O'Keefe - French horn
Bill Roper - tuba
Greg Huckins - bass clarinet
Bob Carr - bass clarinet
Cecilia Coleman - piano
Ray Drummond - double bass
Joe La Barbera - drums

01. Introduction 1:56
02. Summertime 7:32
03. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing 5:36
04. Gon, Gone, Gone 2:17
05. My Man's Gone Now 9:27
06. It Ain't Necessarily So 8:39
07. Here Come De Honey Man 1:36
08. I Loves You Porgy 6:46
09. A Red Headed Woman 8:59
10. Clara, Clara 1:26
11. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York 7:04


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1 comentario:

ol'baz dijo...

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