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Mason Brothers Band: Two Sides, One Story (2010)

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After spending 20 years performing under the leadership of others, British brothers Brad and Elliot Mason step out front, taking charge of an all-star band that redefines the trumpet-trombone front line of drummer Art Blakey
Art Blakey
Art Blakey
1919 - 1990
drums
's Jazz Messengers of the '50s and '60s. The round and mellow combination of Brad Mason
Brad Mason
Brad Mason
b.1973
trumpet
's trumpet with Elliot Mason
Elliot Mason
Elliot Mason
b.1977
trombone
's trombone sounds almost like the early Crusaders.

With pianist David Kikoski
David Kikoski
David Kikoski
b.1961
piano
, bassist Scott Colley
Scott Colley
Scott Colley
b.1963
bass
, drummer Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez
b.1971
drums
, and saxophonist Chris Potter
Chris Potter
Chris Potter
b.1971
reeds
joining the brothers, there is a lot of firepower to lives up to its billing.

The title of "Stage Pints" is an anagram of John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
's "Giant Steps," Elliot Mason's resulting rearrangement beginning with the familiar tune played in reverse over the original bass line, reharmonized and performed alternately in 3/4 and 4/4 time. Both Masons give angular, if frenetic solos, Elliot's blowing out the top of the song. Potter exerts his muscular tone over the piece's well-worn and complex harmony of the piece, bringing the original's importance—and this re-imagining—into proper focus. When this piece hits 4/4, it takes off with a burn.

Personnel: Brad Mason: trombone; Elliot Mason: trumpet; Antonio Sanchez: drums; Scott Colley: bass; David Kikoski: piano; Chris Potter: saxophone.

Record Label: Archival Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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Archival Records (2010)
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