Saxophonist Gary Meek is a Californian who has performed and recorded with the fabled Brazilian musicians, vocalist Flora Purim and percussionist Airto Moreira. Meek boasts a lengthy resume that includes stints with keyboardist Jeff Lorber, drummer Alphonse Mouzon and others. Here, Purim and Moreira continue their longtime affiliation with Meek by lending their wares to this gratifyingly fashioned program.
Meek seems equally comfortable performing in a variety of formats, witnessed by his sprightly rendition of Charlie Parker’s “Be-Bop," to complement a series of contemporary jazz frameworks. Among the highlights is Meek’s lushly romantic soprano sax work during the group’s affectionate interpretation of Chick Corea’s gorgeous piece titled, “Time’s Lie.” Whereas Ms. Purim harmonizes to the primary theme, as she did on the original rendering of this minor classic. However, Meek and co. opt for a shift in strategy by elevating this piece into an airy swing vamp.
Meek melds emotive balladry with the horn section’s bawdy choruses during the standard, “Harlem Nocturne.” Hence, the saxophonist and his band-mates communicate a cheery disposition, thanks in part to a sequence of uplifting arrangements and memorably tuneful themes. Recommended...
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.