This recording offers a refreshing take on eight standards, plus one original. Between them, bassist Lynn Seaton, pianist Stephen Anderson, and drummer Joel Fountain make a lot of good music. Bernie's Tune is a perfect opener, swinging with solos by all three players. Gone With The Wind starts off with Anderson playing out-of-tempo solo piano and reharmonized chord changes. Seaton and Fountain join in with the tempo, Fountain with brushes and Seaton laying down some double time bass segments in his solo. Ellington's Mood Indigo gets a bluesy treatment with Anderson taking the melody, and then bass ...read more
The legend goes that Dizzy Gillespie once said It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play." This quote came to mind while listening to Lynn Seaton's brilliant Puttin' on the Ritz, where careful choices create one of the tightest and most swinging trios around. There's no fluff or filler here and no ego parades: just crisp, tasty jazz where the arrangements are both lean and expressive. It's no surprise that Seaton's impressive resume includes a stint with the Basie band--there's something of Basie's purity here, where nothing gets in the way of the swing.
Perhaps the most demanding medium for the upright bassist is the solo outing. Unlike settings where a drummer helps keep time, or where a pianist helps define harmonic changes, the solo format demands everything from the bassist. In a way, solo recordings have been a proving ground: some of the greatest bass players in history have done their best work alone in the studio (eg. Dave Holland's Emerald Tears, or William Parker's Testimony ).
Lynn Seaton comes from a background rich with group activity: he played in the Woody Herman and Count Basie orchestras, among others. But on Solo Flights ...read more