Court Mast: Tam Junction
Court Mast (trumpet, cornet, programming, keyboards)
Sausalito Summer (Jazz Vista JV 0001)
Scott Petersen (saxes), Sam Grobe-Heintz (piano), Dave Bell (guitar), Ari Munkres (bass), Kendrick Freeman (drums).
Composed by Court Mast.
Recorded: Marin County, CA, 2008
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
I have a soft spot for the flute in a jazz context. It brings to mind things like watching old episodes of Peanuts, my first attempts at processing Rahsaan Roland Kirk albums, and (unfortunately) that icky Herbie Mann album cover.
Tam Junction has a sultry swing that hooked me immediately. Tim Wallace lays out the theme on flute before the horns follow on top of a rhythm section that's definitely in the pocket. When Scott Petersen takes that bluesy solo, he's just getting you ready for the slinky bass break that reintroduces the flute. At only 3½ minutes in length, "Tam Junction" is just far too short. I bet it really smokes in a live setting.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski