Amazon.com Widgets

Bobby Watson: Live & Learn (2002)

By Published: | 4,011 views
Bobby Watson: Live & Learn No stars How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson first gained prominence during his tenure with Art Blakey’s “Jazz Messengers.” In addition, the artist served as Blakey’s musical director, while quickly establishing himself as one of the premiere altoists in modern jazz. Further substantiated by a few brilliant, early-mid 90’s outings featuring his “Horizon,” outfit and his work for the Italy based “Red Records,” label.

With this release, the artist rekindles his association with bassist Curtis Lundy along with Gregg Skaff (guitar) Orrin Evans (piano) and Montez Coleman (drums). A relatively mainstream outing, Watson draws upon a panorama of influences and sentiments. The quintet embarks upon an itinerary brimming with wistful themes, partly due to Watson’s radiant soloing amid his acute employment of tremolo and vibrato techniques. No doubt, the saxophonist possesses one of the most distinctive styles in jazz.

They swing, and alternate exchanges in concert with hybrid Latin/jazz rhythms along with an odd-metered but celebratory spin on Sammy Davis’ hit, I’ve Gotta Be Me.” Here and throughout Watson uses his alto and soprano saxophone as a vehicle for proficiently constructed thematic inventions. His band-mates render effective solos. However remembrances of Watson and trumpeter Terrell Stafford (“Horizon”) trading fierce fours and eloquently executed unison lines, resurfaced in my mind’s eye on more than one occasion. Nonetheless, his inaugural outing for this very fine record label is an impressive one as the ensemble’s upbeat stance speaks volumes. Recommended.

Palmetto Records

Track Listing: 1.Stanky P 2.Faith In Action 3.We Fall Down 4.Thank You 5.Why Not 6.Live & Learn 7.River Jordan 8.Postlude 9.Landmarks Lost 10.I

Personnel: Bobby Watson: alto &n soprano saxophones

Record Label: Palmetto Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.