Beaux J Poo Boo: All Things are New (2005)
Fred Hamilton's "Dancing with Monk" drives straight ahead with liberal quotes from Monk's music. Lou Fischer's "Scintilla" waltzes slowly with a heartfelt charm that weeps with passionate overtones. Shelly Berg's "Go with Godfrey" romps up-tempo with the kind of driving force that whisks you away to some uncharted isle. Les McCann's "Beaux J Poo Boo" reaches out soulfully with deep feeling as the quartet identifies its sound with the lyricism oozing from this saucy piece.
The remainder of the program, however, can't compare to what Beaux J Poo Boo has accomplished with Les McCann's opus. The quartet's other interpretations, while wholesome and clearly straight-ahead in scope; fail to capture the heartfelt release that emanates from this one piece.
Track Listing: Ferris Wheel; Dancing with the Monk; Only Trust your Heart; Beaux J Poo Boo; Hosanna; Overleaf; Go with Godfrey; Scintilla; M&M; Tooth; On Again, Off Again; All Things are New.
Personnel: Shelly Berg: piano; Fred Hamilton: guitar; Lou Fischer: bass; Steve Houghton: drums.
Record Label: Summit Records