Steve Elson: Remember This


Remember This


Steve Elson (tenor sax)


Mott & Broome (Lips & Fingers Music 2023)

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Steve Elson (tenor sax),

Pete Smith (9 string guitar), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Scott Latzky (drums)


Composed by Steve Elson


Recorded: New York City


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

The veteran multi-instrumentalist Steve Elson has worked as a sideman with such pop-oriented musicians as Laurie Anderson, Hall and Oates, David Bowie, Joe Jackson, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few of his more famous employers. He also enjoys a parallel career composing and performing his own jazz-related work. The music on Mott & Broome draws heavily on the various strains of music one can hear on any given block of Elson's neighborhood on Manhattan's Lower East Side. "Remember This" opens the album. It begins with an Afro-Cuban vibe, a repetitive motive giving way to a romantic, bossa-like melody played with little embellishment by Elson on tenor sax. He's a very clean, uncomplicated (but not unsophisticated) player, inclined to be clear and precise. He's well-supported by Pete Smith's sensitive acoustic guitar, Yasushi Nakamura's pleasantly unobtrusive bass, and Scott Latzky's tasteful Latin percussion. The ensemble sound is tight but not obsessively so; it breathes freely. This is gentle, self-effacing music. Indeed, its diffidence is its greatest strength.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey


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