Gypsy Schaeffer: Gypsy Schaeffer (2004)
The first stop is swing and they fire the rhythm of “What’s The Deal?” with strong dynamics that first flow from the trombone of Yennior, greased with some fat lines which sit in well with the mood he shapes, and then from the alto of Voelker, who injects sharp phrases and quick jabs. There is an interesting devolution during the “Joisey Boys’ Shuffle.” They bounce and they prance and Voelker cuts the swath with some hard blowing that rips the fabric while Yennior brings in the shuffle on his lines that also have a shade of the blues. Churning beneath are Chris Punis on drums and Edward Perez on bass who gets his bowing right into a nice melodic groove when the spotlight falls over him.
“I Want To Go To Havana” is an appealing descarga, fiery in spirit and in tempo as the surge gathers momentum. The pace slows down for “Lovesick Thoughts,” the ballad shimmering through the unison lines of Voelker and Yennior. The former gets some hard edged voicing on the bed Yennior lays down before the trombonist takes over and illustrates his métier through his explorations.
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Personnel: Andy Voelker