Jazzmosis: Baker's Dozen (2006)
This music is reminiscent of Cannonball Adderley's soul jazz recordings, with a touch of atonality in just the right spots to add a uniqueness to the mood the music creates. The solos are short but very logical, and although they are not adventurous, they are quite enjoyable, soaring out of tight arrangements and funky beats and fading back into the natural progression of the music. My favorite is the guitar solo on "Boys Will Be Bop."
The group gives standards fresh interpretations marked by deference, without diminishing their original worth, and the three originals blend in very well with the others, as they are in the same vein. This unique recording from a talented group of musicians, although not groundbreaking, is a fresh, surprising and enjoyable retelling of bop and hard bop standards.
Track Listing: Salt Peanuts; In Walked Horace; Cold Duck Time; Serenade to a Cuckoo; Boys Will Be Bop; Night in Tunisia; Al's Mist; Aria's Waltz; I Mean You; Sidewinder; It Don't Mean A Thing; Watersign; Toronto Shuffle.
Personnel: Jack Phipps: trumpet; Marty McRae: trombone; Steve Bredice: saxophones; Aron Garceau: guitar; Andy Smith: bass; Dov Schiller: drums; percussion; vibraphone.
Record Label: Egan Media Productions