Joshua Redman: Jazz Crimes

The exploration of swing within funk and funk within swing created by Redman’s Elastic Band is something to witness live. However, the rapport of this working band is just as apparent on record. The terrain of “Jazz Crimes,” with its serpentine melody, is split wide open for some of the most well-constructed improvisation heard in jazz today. Yahel is first to lay down some deep, bluesy phrases, and Redman takes that ball and runs with it. Blade is all groove and then some. For the total experience of development and interplay, this record is a must-have.

November 08, 2007 · 1 comment


Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis: Intermission Riff

The gruff-toned tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis combined elements of modern jazz phrasing with mannerisms of the Swing Era tenor players, and his full-throated earthiness helped make him a star in the Count Basie Orchestra. But during the late 1950s, Davis co-led a combo with the Hammond organist Shirley Scott, whose soulful sound and approach complemented his own. They and trombonist Steve Pulliam dig in on the Stan Kenton classic “Intermission Riff.”

November 08, 2007 · 0 comments


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