Rudder: Jackass Surcharge
Matorning (19/8 1009)
Composed by Chris Cheek, Henry Hey, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre.
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
A very busy second-line beat, a George Porter, Jr. bassline and saxophones mimicking the sound of a train horn blaring away from five blocks out make up the mutated Mardi Gras character of this dancing jazz ditty. There’s a barely audible voice shouting out hosannas, as Hey adds organ and synth bleats that stay underneath Carlock and Lefebvre for the most part. Cheek refuses to be rushed along by a rhythm section bursting out at the seams and takes his own sweet time on his tenor with the soulful aplomb of Gene Ammons, knowing that it’s best not to risk overplaying a groove.
In “Jackass Surcharge,” the guys from Rudder craft an irresistibly funky vamp that they wisely keep clean and raw.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron
Tags: 2000s jazz