Tangria Jazz Group: Tangria Jazz Group (2008)
Founded in 1997, Tangria Jazz Group has evolved with its most accessible album to date, with two originals and four standards. Eden Ahbez's "Nature Boy" is a good beginning for the album; a familiar tune that begins with some ruminative piano, morphing from a Latin pace to a tender ballad. Two important jazz standards follow: first, Johnny Carisi's "Israel," followed by John Coltrane's formidable "Impressions," which the group offers in smoking fashion. Two Wayne Shorter tunes are performed: the rarely covered "Isotope" is given a Fender Rhodes treatment by Rochester, while "Black Nile" provides a chance for Mebane to show off her ability to swing.
Two Sheryl Mebane compositions are showcased: "Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere," where she lays down a bluesy rhythm, and the extended "Bamako Love Walk," with Mebane and Rochester aptly demonstrating their skill with African percussion.
Track Listing: Nature Boy; Israel; Impressions; Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere; Isotope; Bamako Love Walk; Black Nile
Personnel: Simon Rochester: piano, gankogui (1); Justin Hellman: bass; Sheryl Mebane: drums, djembe (7).
Record Label: Self Produced