L.A. Underground: Black Note
L.A. Underground is a seamless sextet that is reed heavy. James Mahone’s alto and Phil Vieux’s tenor are very much front and center in these pieces. Bassist Mark Shelby (bassist on Judgement ) composed the lion’s share of the originals. They include blues (“Elizabeth Brown”) and ballads (“Modern Rome”). O and H’s “All The Things You Are” is given and jaunty treatment, using Dizzy’s famous opening in a very angular way. The engineering has a smooth, clear complexion, and all instruments clearly audible. This is a very fun and approachable jazz recording that should please most mainstream heads.
Track Listing: Elizabeth Brown; Song Of The Nile; 5th Street; The Warrior; Modern Rome; Blue J; The Final Call; WEJIII, All The Things You Are; The Ancient Rome Suite. (Total Time: 59:58)
Personnel: James Mahone: Alto Saxophone; Gilbert Castellanos: Trumpet; Richard Grant Trumpet; Phil Vieux: Tenor Saxophone; Ark Sano: Piano; Mark Shelby: Bass; Willie Jones III: Drums.
Record Label: Red Records