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Michael Dease: Grace (2010)

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Michael Dease: Grace This could be the break-out album for trombonist Michael Dease, his music and style putting him in the company of trombone legends including Jack Teagarden
Jack Teagarden
Jack Teagarden
1905 - 1964
trombone
, J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
1924 - 2001
trombone
,. Kai Winding
Kai Winding
Kai Winding
1922 - 1983
trombone
and Curtis Fuller
Curtis Fuller
Curtis Fuller
b.1934
trombone
.

On Grace, Dease is anchored by a very able rhythm crew, including pianist Cyrus Chestnut
Cyrus Chestnut
Cyrus Chestnut
b.1963
piano
, bassist Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
b.1944
bass, acoustic
, and drummer Gene Jackson. On all but one track, Dease is joined by a variety of stellar musicians, including trumpeters Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
b.1969
trumpet
and Claudio Roditi
Claudio Roditi
Claudio Roditi
b.1946
trumpet
, saxophonist Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
b.1968
sax, tenor
, and guitarist Mark Whitfield
Mark Whitfield
Mark Whitfield
b.1966
guitar
. Selected songs include mostly lesser-known pieces by jazz greats, as well as one original. Dease handles all the arrangements.

Worth noting is the way the Dease's trombone blends with Hargrove and Roditi's flugelhorns ; the synthesis of sound is peerless, at times evoking the Jay and Kai Quintet trombone duo from the fifties. The best example in Ivan Lins
Ivan Lins
Ivan Lins
b.1945
keyboard
' mellow bossa, "Setembro." Dease begins and, after a few bars, Roditi falls in behind, creating a beautiful choral effect. Likewise, Dease's "Grace" provides another occasion to appreciate this blend, as well as giving both horn players showcase solos.

The quartet shines on John Coltrane's "26-2." Dease starts with a rapid-fire, triple-tongue riff, prodded by Chestnut's piano, who also solos commendably. On McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
b.1938
piano
's "Blues on the Corner," Dease gets into a blues groove, aided and abetted by Alexander's funky tenor.

Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
' "Four" stands out. Usually played at breakneck speed, Dease ingeniously tamps it down, turning a barn-burner into a smoldering ember. It's light, airy quality evokes Swing Era trombone master Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
1905 - 1956
trombone
, of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" fame.

Dease, 28, came to New York after studying trombone and winning awards during his Georgia high school days. He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard, and gained experience playing with Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
, Billy Harper
Billy Harper
Billy Harper
b.1943
saxophone
and Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
b.1961
trumpet
.

His third release as a leader, following Clarity (2008 Bluesback Records) and Dease Bones (2007 Dclef Records), greater success is predicted after listening to Grace.


Track Listing: Discussao; Blues On The Corner; In A Mist; I Talk To The Trees; Four; Tippin'; Setembro; 26-2; Toys; Love Dance; Grace; Salt Song.

Personnel: Michael Dease: trombone, valve trombone; Roger Squitero, Circle Rhythm: vocals, percussion; Mark Whitfield: guitar, acoustic guitar; Yotam: acoustic guitar, electric guitar; Sharel Cassity: alto flute, alto saxophone; Eric Alexander: tenor saxophone; Roy Hargrove: trumpet, flugelhorn; Claudio Roditi: flugelhorn; Steve Davis: trombone; Cyrus Chestnut: piano; Gene Jackson: drums.

Record Label: Jazz Legacy Productions


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