As the director of jazz studies for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University since 2008, New Orleans native Victor Goines has had the opportunity to hang in nearby Chicago. And it shows! The saxophonist and clarinetist, who is best recognized for his work with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, grabs his tenor for some hard blowing on “Stoit,” the post-bop opener of A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball. Known as a mild-mannered gentlemen, Goines really lets go and takes it out, enabled by a loaded rhythm section made up of excellent Chicago-based musicians. They include drummer Gregory Artry, Jr., pianist Ron Perrillo and bassist Dennis Carroll. The latter two are also fellow educators who teach at Chicago’s DePaul School of Music.
Naturally, Goines also reveals his romantic side, and for ballads such as “Her Eyes Smile,” the soprano sax is often his instrument of choice. It’s a quiet, lovely tune, the mood lightly accented by Perrillo’s fluttering piano notes and the occasional splash of cymbals.
The music starts swinging on the blues-laden “Mississippi Mud Shuffle,” on which Goines starts honkin’ in a rougher, more swaggering style than many would consider his norm. Think of him blowing in a small, old-school Chicago jazz and rhythm and blues club.
Victor Goines—who wrote all of these varied compositions—lives jazz, and his knowledge and ability to perform the music’s full spectrum are proven again on A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball.
A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball
Her Eyes Smile
Mississippi Mud Shuffle
The Princess and the Troll
The Swaggerer (Calypso Version)
Blues for the Cedarhurst
You and Me
The Swaggerer (Swinging Version)
Victor Goines – Soprano and Tenor Saxophone
Ron Perrillo – Piano
Dennis Carroll – Bass
Gregory Artry Jr – Drums
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