Jay Graydon: BeBop
On his latest release, BeBop, Graydon on guitar is joined by some talented jazz men to run through a play list of mostly Graydon originals plus, appropriate for this time and place, the "Star Spangled Banner". Graydon plays a clean guitar, nothing heavy or smeary about it recalling Joe Pass and Barney Kessel. The monster drummer Dave Weckl is present to lead the rhythmic parade, setting the beat and pace, as well as adding intelligently placed solos and drum breaks. The title of the album notwithstanding, this is not the heavy, daring bop of Charlie Parker or that played by those giants recording for the Blue Note label in the 1960's. To call it soft bop would be appropriate. There's not much especially memorable about the tunes - - except the "Star Spangled Banner" of course. They're more like head arrangements that provide a loose structure for individual and group improvisation... and it works. A major attraction is the sax of Brandon Fields who solos on virtually every cut. He is especially boppish on such tunes as "Oh Yes, There Will". Like Graydon, he has worked extensively with George Benson and was a member of Russ Freeman's contemporary jazz group, the Rippington's. Bill Cantos has issued a couple of albums under his name and Dave Carpenter has been a sideman on numerous albums. It's the strong playing that makes the album a worthy addition to the collection. Visit Jay at his webs site www.umu.se/users/KEO/graytxt.htx, where this CD can be purchased.
Track Listing: Joe Graydon TV Show, 1951; Oh Yes, There Will; Blow Man; 4.2; Go `Way Moon; Tubs; C Bop; My Hot Girth; G Wizz; Star Spangled Banner
Personnel: Jay Graydon - Guitar; Brandon Fields - Alto and Tenor Sax; Bill Cantos - Piano; Dave Carpenter - Bass; Dave Weckl - Drums
Record Label: Sonic Thrust