Joshua Brown: The Feeling of Jazz (2007)
Brown's support from the ace rhythm section of bassist Clovis Nicolas and drummer Philip Stewart is the recording's essential component but it's the addition of guitarist Randy Napoleon that helps the music to soar. Brown's warm brassy tone is perfectly matched with Napoleon's fluid and supple fret-wor,k as witnessed on the first notes of Duke Ellington's "The Feeling of Jazz, which oozes some happy blues with plenty of style as each voice trades lively solos.
The group swings joyfully and with lyricism on the Rodgers and Hart standard "Blue Room, as Brown proudly introduces the theme paving the way for Nicolas' stepping bass solo before everyone joins in on the fun. Whether a little Latin ("Moon & Sand ), some heavy bop (Nica's Tempo ), or a thoughtful duet ballad ("You Don't Know What Love "), all of the music is consistently good. No gimmicks and no fluff, The Feeling of Jazz provides music that sticks to your ribs and, as the old saying goes, "puts some real meat on them 'bones.
Track Listing: The Feeling of Jazz; Blue Room; Day Dream; Street Steam; Moon & Sand; You Don't Know What Love Is; Nica's Tempo; The Lake Louise Waltz (at X-mas); I'll Be Seeing You.
Personnel: Joshua Brown: trombone; Randy Napoleon: guitar; Clovis Nicolas: bass; Philip Stewart: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced