Jamie Fox: When I Get Home (2006)
As a semifinalist in the 1995 Thelonious Monk International Jazz competition, Fox found common threads between his artistic goals and those of other professional artists. He served as musical director for Joan Baez from 1989-91, guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears from 1998-2000 and currently records and performs with singer Jen Chapin as well as the acoustic band Combo Nuvo. Both his "Moniker and "New News represent hard-driving, in-your-face, modern jazz, while ballads such as "Five One & a Half and "Childhood represent gentler family values. The album's title track travels in a different direction that follows rolling hills and grassy meadows toward a familiar melodic destination. The horn mix interrupts Fox' tranquil trio picnic, however, with several pesky asides that change the mood adversely.
The guitarist and his trio provide a beautiful lyrical flow for most of When I Get Home. Adding guests on occasion for textural change in several places, however, causes radical changes that interrupt the logical flow of the session.
Track Listing: Five One & a Half; Row After Row; All in Time; Moniker; Ognat; Leisure; Mine & Yours; Childhood; New News; When I Get Home.
Personnel: Jamie Fox: guitar; Stephan Crump: double-bass; Michael Sarin: drums; Kenny Werner: piano; Dan Willis: reeds; Peck Allmond: reeds, trumpet, euphonium.
Record Label: RareCatRecords