Chip Shelton: Flute Bass-ics (2003)
With veteran bassist Carter on board – playing and producing – it's impossible to go wrong. Like the recent Carter release, When Skies are Grey... (Blue Note, 2001), which features this same quartet (Carter, bass; Stephen Scott, piano; Lewis Nash, drums; Steven Kroon, percussion), Flute Bass-ics is a low-key yet vibrant and accessible collection of smooth flowing melodies.
Flute outings need a counterpoint bite on them or they risk sounding too sweet and airy (reviewer's bias, admittedly), and percussionist Steven Kroon fills this role by adding just the right amount of punctuation to the flautist's long flowing lines.
Six of the eight tunes are Shelton originals, in addition to the classic "I'll Remember April" and Tad Dameron's "The Scene is Clean." Shelton's "Biko and Mandela" opens the set with an Afro-Pop feel, Shelton blowing alto flute; "Blue Chip" is a duet between bassist Carter and Shelton, manifesting itself as a synergistic conversation; and "In an Island Way" explores a danceable reggae beat, with Kroon adding a variety of percussion sounds and pianist Steve Scott slipping dashes of delicate flavor into the rhythm.
The Ron Carter Quartet in top form backing Chip Shelton, a talented top-form musician and songwriter.
Visit Chip Shelton at www.chipshelton.com and Summit Records at www.summitrecords.com .
Track Listing: Biko and Mandela, Blue Chip, In an Island Way, I'll Remember April, The Gift/Secret of the Iron Balls, The Scene is Clean, Surrender, Keep Hope Alive, Valse for Mom
Personnel: Chip Shelton--flutes; Ron Carter--bass; Stephen Scott--piano; Lewis Nash--drums; Steven Kroon-- percussion