Mike Wade and the Jazz Mafia: The Broach Approach (2003)
The septet Jazz Mafia performs a brand of hard bop that is very much contemporary with the 21st Century. There are no blues jams here, only well conceived tempo burners that sometimes emit a slow burn ("On Broadway") and sometimes a fast burn ("Oracle"). The music is complex, yet readily accessible and enjoyable. Guitarist Jack Broad solos well on "Fall" as does saxophonist Stacy Dillard on "ESP." For that matter, Wade does his best Miles on "ESP," though Wade does not sound like either Morgan or Davis. He very much has his own sound: conservatory-trained, both informed and creative. I look forward to hearing much more from Mr. Wade.
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Track Listing: On Broadway; Oracle; Fall; Sagjleo; In a Sentimental Mood; ESP; One for A.L.L.; Broach Approach; Fall (Alternate Take) (Total Time 70:43).
Personnel: Mike Wade-Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Stacy Dillard-Saxophones; Jack Broad-Guitars; William Menefiled-Piano; Bill Jackson-Bass; Melvin Broach-Drums; Charlie Schweitzer-Percussion.
Record Label: Shorty Bop Records