The name Beaux J Poo Boo comes from a Les McCann composition which means just about the same thing as the title of this album. Many things go into the makeup of a veteran jazz quartet, and each member brings something new to the microphone. Here, we have a swinging guitarist who interprets lyrical phrases with clarity, a powerful pianist who adds intensity everywhere he travels, a rock-solid bassist who provides the quartet's rhythmic foundation, and a colorful drummer who adds textural variety.
Fred Hamilton's "Dancing with Monk" drives straight ahead with liberal quotes from Monk's music. Lou Fischer's "Scintilla" waltzes slowly with a heartfelt charm that weeps with passionate overtones. Shelly Berg's "Go with Godfrey" romps up-tempo with the kind of driving force that whisks you away to some uncharted isle. Les McCann's "Beaux J Poo Boo" reaches out soulfully with deep feeling as the quartet identifies its sound with the lyricism oozing from this saucy piece.
The remainder of the program, however, can't compare to what Beaux J Poo Boo has accomplished with Les McCann's opus. The quartet's other interpretations, while wholesome and clearly straight-ahead in scope; fail to capture the heartfelt release that emanates from this one piece.
Track Listing: Ferris Wheel; Dancing with the Monk; Only Trust your Heart; Beaux J Poo Boo; Hosanna; Overleaf; Go with Godfrey; Scintilla; M&M; Tooth; On Again, Off Again; All Things are New.
Personnel: Shelly Berg: piano; Fred Hamilton: guitar; Lou Fischer: bass; Steve Houghton: drums.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.