The Jazz Makers: The Real Funky Blues
The Real Funky Blues
The Jazz Makers
The Jazz Makers / Groove Funk Soul (Collectables COL-CD-6628)
Art Ellefson (tenor sax), Ronnie Ross (baritone sax), Stan Jones (piano), Stan Wasser (bass), Allan Ganley (drums).
Composed by Art Ellefson.
Recorded: New York, September 23, 1959
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
In 1959, a British quintet billed as The Jazz Makers toured the States packaged with such luminaries as George Shearing, Lennie Tristano and Thelonious Monk, and were rewarded with a record date. The Jazz Makers broke no new ground, but plowed familiar modernist soil with fertile results. It might seem cheeky for five paleface Brits to proffer "The Real Funky Blues," but deuced if they don't pull it off, with a jolly- good tune, making smashing use of Ross's Mulligan-esque baritone. The Jazz Makers dutifully returned to England, but the music they made on this side of the pond still sparkles.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz