Well, the Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston News Leader is probably not the best place to look for local jazz updates, even if the venue is on the base. Tickets for the next Friday Night Jazz concert at the Fort Sam Houston Theater are on sale. Featured artists include the Jeff Lorber Fusion with special guest saxophonist [sic] Jimmy Haslip of The Yellowjackets." Not a promising start, unless Jimmy has taken up a new axe and rejoined his old band. It takes about four tries and 30 minutes just to get on the base because I am not ...read more
Electric bassist Jimmy Haslip hasn't had a prolific solo career, Nightfall being his third release in eighteen years, since his debut, Arc (GRP, 1993). Haslip's energy has mainly been devoted to the Yellowjackets, the band he co-founded with pianist/keyboardist Russell Ferrante thirty years ago--a milestone celebrated with the release of Timeline (Mack Avenue Records, 2011), which finds Haslip and the band in truly fine form. That the Yellowjackets has overshadowed Haslip's solo career is unsurprising, though Haslip has also distinguished himself in guitarist Robben Ford and Allan Holdsworth's bands, in addition to amassing numerous credits as a producer. Nightfall reunites ...read more
When electric bassist Jimmy Haslip joined pianist/keyboard player Russell Ferrante as a sideman on guitarist Robben Ford's recording sessions for The Inside Story (Elektra Records, 1979), he probably wouldn't have wagered much on his and Ferrante's musical partnership lasting 33 years to date, in one of jazz's most durable and best-loved ensembles, the Yellowjackets. Haslip is a most lyrical musician, and he brings the elegant tone of an upright bass to his electric model. He talks of the honest endeavor of making music," and this dedication and humility are the cornerstones of the music that Haslip has made in three ...read more
While by no means an absolute, there's a strong case for great jazzers making great rockers: Larry Carlton with Steely Dan and Michael Jackson; drummer Steve Gadd with Eric Clapton and Paul Simon; and saxophonist Michael Brecker with Billy Joel and Blue Oyster Cult. Renegade Creation's four artists may possesses a broader jazz vernacular, but it's all in service of the grit and grease of an unequivocal rock record, from the Bo Diddley beat of What's Up" and slow grind of Destiny Over Me," to the visceral blues-rock of The Darkness" and Who Do You Think You Are."Better-known ...read more
Allan Holdsworth and Alan Pasqua Allan Holdsworth and Alan Pasqua featuring Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip Altitude Digital 2007
2007 is the year that guitarist Allan Holdsworth makes a return to the public eye. With planned reissues of his long out-of-print discography and more extensive touring than he's done in years, this groundbreaking guitarist--long considered an icon by fusion fans and a guitarist's guitarist by other equally legendary six- stringers, including Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin--may finally be poised for the greater recognition he's always deserved.
Structure is both aptly named and a bit of a misnomer. The generally idiosyncratic writing, while clearly rooted in form, also manages to be liberated enough so as to give the recording a more exploratory vibe. Sure, pieces like guitarist Adam Rogers' Columbus, Ohio," with its folksy complexion, are more about soloing over a clearly-defined structure, but for the most part the music--composed by everyone involved--is harmonically and rhythmically complex enough to make things more tenuous when everyone decides to head off into uncharted territory.
Still, it never dissolves into completely free exchange. Instead, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist ...read more
Another Tone Center supergroup strikes gold. Ex-Zappa drummer Colaiuta joins Yellowjackets bassist Haslip and blues-jazz guitar god Ford for a pretty damned satisfactory fusion foray. The big ears and fleet fingers required to pull off music like this are present in spades, and Ford's pedigree revives the blues feeling that's been so often absent in jazz-rock outings.
This is actually a fairly relaxed set compared to some of the barn-burners Tone Center has released of late. The impression is that of three friends who decided to sit down and jam on a hot August night, aware of their chops but ...read more