Jeff Barash: Bouncin' on 160th Avenue (2002)
Bouncin' represents Barash's first release as a leader. He takes this opportunity to explore and develop some fine original compositions. The title track leads into "On a Misty Night," a sweet flowing tune with strong work from guitarist Mike Owen. Owen takes the lead on the next cut, "Nationalistic World," with a fiery guitar intro. A moment later, Jeff opens on soprano sax and everyone holds down a solid Latin-tinged groove. Chris Larson takes a funky bass solo while Dave Hitchings holds it all together using every piece in his drum kit. "Oasis" builds from a dreamy arrangement that emphasizes space and razor-sharp timing. Barash plays flute here while Hitchings brushes the tempo along in waltz time. This tune stands out as a high point on the record. "Why Am I Here?" allows everyone to stretch out, and again the drummer shines with a nice opening solo. A quirky turn into saxophone territory adds adventure and surprise to this piece.
The hour plus of sweet and driving jazz on Bouncin' establishes Jeff Barash as a leader whose time has finally come. It will be exciting to hear where he takes his music next.
Track Listing: 1.Bouncin'On 160th Avenue,2.On a Misty Night,3.Nationalistic World,4.Subject To Change.5.Oasis,6.Ballad for "J.B.",7.Realities Realm,8.Why Am I Here?
Personnel: Jeff Barash, tenor and soprano sax, flute; Mike Owen, electric guitar; Chris Larson, acoustic and electric bass; Dave Hitchings, drums
Record Label: Sea Breeze Jazz