Lonnie Plaxico: Melange
Melange features the bassist's working group, along with guests Lew Soloff and Tim Ries. The program's variety runs from gospel to funk and hot Latin jazz. Trumpet and saxophone split the improvised solo responsibility, while piano, bass and drums stretch out some. "Beloved," a tender mainstream ballad, includes a sensitive bowed bass interlude. "Windy City" takes us to Plaxico's native Chicago, where he interned with Von Freeman. "Darkness" and "Miles II" emphasize pure tone and graceful harmony, while "Short Takes" heats up like a band on fire. Plaxico's Blue Note debut hits the label's mark for fresh sounds, while holding to its tradition of providing the best jazz has to offer.
Track Listing: Squib Cakes; Melange; Darkness; Short Takes; Miles II; Paella; Sunday Morning; Beloved; T.O.P.; Patois; Windy City.
Personnel: Lonnie Plaxico- acoustic bass, electric bass; Lew Soloff, Jeremy Pelt- trumpet; Tim Ries- tenor saxophone; Marcus Strickland- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone on "Patois;" George Colligan, Helen Sung- piano, keyboards; Lionel Cordew- drums; Jeffrey Haynes- percussion.
Record Label: Blue Note Records