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One of the most eloquent voices on the alto sax returns, and it is no small measure that Mark Kleinhaut was responsible for bringing Bobby Watson back on record. Kleinhaut wanted to write songs particularly for Watson, and again to his credit, he realized that any music would be the starting point for their dialogue. How right he was! Watson slips right in and, in consonance with the others, turns in a stimulating outing.
It matters little what style the music is. In the diversity of the compositions lies the thread for the musicians to pick and come up with a fabric that is often enough splendid. The lilting flex of a Latin rhythm marks “Ferdinand and Isabelle” before Watson punctuates with whirling figures that loop around the melody, spurred by Harris and Lyden. Kleinhaut has a loquacious tone and here he lets it bounce and dance adding pliant chord work to the flavor.
Ballad time is best witnessed on the warm intonation of Kleinhaut as he introduces “Erikita.” His unhurried pacing adds to the impact and Watson picks the skein and braids from the wellspring of inspired emotion. Making this all the more riveting is the textural contrast that is bought in by the arco of Lyden, the soft shaded drumming of Harris and the comping of Kleinhaut. The band goes on a happy, swinging romp “South of Mason.” Moving along like a well-oiled machine, this mid-tempo groover has enough panache to hook. As the final note falls and ebbs this album leaves behind a well woven musical tale.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com