domingo, 16 de noviembre de 2014

Joe Farnsworth Quartet - My Heroes (2014)

Source: Dusty Groove
Label: Venus Records
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Drummer Joe Farnsworth pays tribute to the greats of the 50s and 60s – Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and others – in a smoking set that features his longtime musical companions Eric Alexander on tenor, Harold Mabern on piano, and Nat Reeves on bass! There's a vibe here that's different than other recent dates from this well-matched team – as the players are definitely trying to skew their sounds differently with each number dedicated to a different drummer – especially Alexander and Mabern, who really match Farnsworth's energy as he changes things up. Titles include "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Two Bass Hit", "Reflection", "George's Dilemma", and "Cute".

 01.George's Dilenma (C. Brown) 〜 for Max Roach
02.Moanin' (B.Timmons) 〜 for Art Blakey
03.No Fills (J.Farnsworth) 〜 for Billy Higgins
04.Syeeda's Song Flute (J.Coltrane) 〜 for Art Taylor
05.Here We Go, Here We Go(J.Farnsworth) 〜 for Alan Dawson
06.Cute (N.Hefty) 〜 for Buddy Rich
07.Two Bass Hit (D.Gillespie, J.Lewis) 〜 for Philly Joe Jones
08.Greensleaves (Trad) 〜 for Elvin Jones
09.Musashi (J.Farnsworth) 〜 for Baby Dodds
10.Reflection (R.Bryant) 〜 for Roy Haynes

Joe Farnsworth - Drums
Eric Alexander - Tenor Sax
Harold Mabern - Piano
Nat Reeves - Bass

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."
  - Duke Ellington - 


Diane Roblin - Reconnect (2014)

Reconnect from Diane Roblin is a spirited romp from a rock solid quintet we will hopefully hear from again! 

Straight ahead jazz, fusion and a little funk tossed in for flavor might seem like an odd mix unless you have a band that works off the same lyrical page that you do. Pianist Roblin has put together ten original compositions that are forward thinking, vibrant and embrace the spirited quality of classic McCoy Tyner. Artistic comparisons are often fraught with peril but it is always nice to have a harmonic base from which to experience the sound. The band happens to be A list, some of the sought after players in Canada. 

Original compositions can too be like tap dancing in a melodic minefield yet Roblin pulls off a gem with a solo work embracing classical, funk and jazz - "Tune For Fraser." The ballad "Renewed on Thanksgiving Day" is another jewel that allows for her passionate harmonic movement to engage the listener with a style often more closely associated with some eastern European artists. The addition of the Fender Rhodes allows a rich color pallete of sound and texture."Fasten Your Seatbelt" is a foot to the floor fusion number that works nicely not only as a showcase for the band to highlight the immense versatility of Diane Roblin. 

A most impressive outing, an ebb and flow that is nuanced yet never pretentious. Stellar!

Jeff King, sax
Roger Travassos, drums
Russ Boswell, bass
Howard Spring, guitar
Diane Roblin, piano, fender rhodes, composer

01. In The Beginning
02. Suspend Yourself
03. Fasten Your Seatbelt
04. Ballad in 3/4
05. Feeling Good
06. Home at the Piano
07. Tune for Fraser
08. Fine and Funky
09. Renewed on Thanksgiving Day
10. A Final Thought