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EC3: It's All About the Rhythm (2013)

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Joy and exuberance are like prevailing winds throughout "It's All About the Rhythm", the third release by drummer/bandleader EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
(aka Ernest Coleman). Vibrant and full of life, EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
assembles a sound rhythmic foundation in his arrangements of popular and well-known songs mixed with newer, lesser known compositions. EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
relates that in arranging the songs "[i]n musical styles from Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz to straight-ahead swing, 'It's All About the Rhythm' describes the CD and my philosophy about life."

From the first notes of the opening track "Obsession," it is clear that EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
is a seasoned veteran and that he understands that music is supposed to be fun (as well as challenging and proficient). The listener is invited to move and dance in the groove-heavy and Latin- tinged "Obsession" (written by Pedro Flores), as well as Afro- Cuban rhythms of "Mambo Inn" (written by Mario Bauza
Mario Bauza
Mario Bauza
1911 - 1993
trumpet
, Grace Samson and Bobby Woodlen). EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
lays down a salsa groove in his eclectic rendition of Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
's "Overjoyed," which closes the CD with a positive affirmation of how a vibrant interplay of rhythm and a well-known melody can transform a timeless song into a new experience. Another standout track is "Ojos de Rojo," with aggressive percussion by Dominique Patrick Noel accentuating the lively beats of EC3.

EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
is also introspective and reflective in "Chan's Song" (written by Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
and Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
)—pianist Janelle Gill is spotlighted and adds a contemplative melody line and a somewhat haunting mood throughout the piece. As evidenced by Ms. Gill, EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
is generous in allowing his side musicians to shine throughout the CD. A thoughtful performance of Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
b.1943
piano
's "Sunshower" is provided with artful and adroit solos by not only EC3
EC3
EC3

drums
, but also William Knowles on piano and Mark Saltman on bass. {

With a joyful and rhythm-influenced interpretation of popular and lesser known tunes, ,em>"It's All About the Rhythm" provides a satisfying collection of pieces for the casual jazz fan as well as the jazz aficionado.

Track Listing: Obsession; Simone; (Summer)Estate; Mambo Inn; Chan's Song; (They Long To Be) Close To You; Speak Low; Sunshower; Ojos de Rojo; Overjoyed.

Personnel: EC3: drums; Sammy Manguia: piano (1, 4,10); Michael Bowie: bass (1-5, 7, 9-10); Dominique Patrick Noel: percussion (1, 3-6, 9-10); Teddy Baker: tenor sax (1, 7, 9); Arch "Al" Thompson: flute (1, 4, 9); Janelle Gill: piano (2-3, 5, 7, 9); Clint Hyson: percussion (3, 5); Paul Jung: percussion (3, 5); Laura Sosa: vocal (3); Dr. Jose Manuel Garcia: piano (6); Craig Shaw: bass (6); Francisco "Frankie" Quinones: percussion (6); Melvin Jones: trumpet (6); William Knowles: piano (8); Mark Saltman: bass (8).

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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