Mark Shim: Turbulent Flow
Shim rides this wave of popularity on his second date as leader. Once again forsaking a strict tradition he boosts a lineup that includes Edward Simon playing the electric Rhodes piano on three tracks and vibraphonist Stefon Harris taking up the marimba on two. Not that these are exotic instruments, but that Shim uses them with great effectiveness. On “Don’t Wake The Violent Baby” Simon creates an ethereal electric atmosphere for the tender saxophone touch of Shim. Harris’ marimba trades bony blows with a most aggressive tenor on “Survival Tactics.” Shim adopts the stylings of both Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, but mostly he is developing his own style. Like an NBA rookie, he has all the textbook moves and is quietly revealing some of his own.
Track List:Turbulent Flow; Recorda Me; Christel Gazing; Survival Tactics; Don’t Wake The Violent Baby; Dirty Bird; Scorpio; Jive Ones; Eminence.
Personnel: Mark Shim
Record Label: Blue Note Records