martes, 14 de abril de 2015

Owen Howard - Drum Lore Vol.2: More Lore (2014)

Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Much of the attention-grabbing jazz music that is coming out in 2014 is of the boundary-pushing variety, with electronic textures and maybe some rock influence for good measure. There’s nothing at all wrong with that – I’m certainly all for a Rhodes piano and solid boom-bap drums. But don’t think for a moment that “traditional” jazz with an acoustic setup is dead and has nothing left to say. Look no further than drummer Owen Howard’s Drum Lore Vol. 2.
Howard is the drummer, bandleader, and main composer on this album, rounding out the set with tunes from Victor Lewis (“Hey, It’s Me You’re Talkin’ To”), Joe Chambers (“Ungano”), Paul Motian (“Mumbo Jumbo”), Philly Joe Jones (“Got to Take Another Chance”), and Tony Williams (“Pee Wee”). The album is called Drum Lore for a reason – Howard put together this project and the first volume that preceded this one as a way to showcase drummer-composed tunes (where the first Drum Lore volume skewed heavily toward other drummers’ tunes, roughly half of the tunes here are Howard originals). His impressive quintet here includes John O’Gallagher on sax, Adam Kolker on sax and bass clarinet, Frank Carlberg on piano, and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass. Certainly there are plenty of drummer-led groups out there , but although the concept on this record is the drummer as composer and bandleader, it’s the music that makes this such a rewarding listen, regardless of who wrote the tunes. - Ben Gray -

Hey, It's Me You're Talkin' To
Like Buttah
Mumbo Jumbo
Got to Take Another Chance
Pee Wee
Haiku (solo piano)

John O'Gallagher: sax alto
Adam Kolker: tenor sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet
Frank Carlberg: piano
Johannes Weidenmueller: bass
Owen Howard: drums  

"Master your instrument, master the music 
& then forget all that & just play."
 - Charlie Parker -