John Brown: Children of the Night
Children of the Night
The John Brown Quintet
Terms of Art
John Brown (bass), Ray Codrington (trumpet), Brian Miller (reeds), Gabe Evens (piano), Adonis Rose (drums).
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Recorded: Durham, North Carolina, June 23-24, 2007
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
John Brown is head of the jazz program at Duke University, and a hard-swinging bassist, as demonstrated on his new CD Terms of Art. This project is a tribute to drummer Art Blakey, and effectively captures the ethos of Blakey's famous band, the Jazz Messengers. Brown and company tackle Wayne Shorter's "Children of the Night," a song recorded by the Jazz Messengers in 1961 and frequently featured on their set lists back in the day. This CD has been getting great airplay for an indie release - heck, there is not even the name of a record company on the disk, just a web site (www.jbjazz.com) - and I can understand why. This is solid hard-bop music, played with consummate skill. Blakey would be pleased.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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