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Pete Lukas marks his arrival on CD with his sails set firmly in the mainstream. He plays the baritone saxophone, having gravitated to the instrument from alto and tenor. Lukas, a web designer by profession, first became interested in jazz when he was in Cambridge , England studying art. He upped the intensity of his musical studies when he moved to London in the late 1980s, and then began to play gigs.
Lukas not only chose some ripe tunes for his debut, but picked some fine English jazz musicians to resolve his vision. Steve Fishwick (trumpet, flugelhorn), Leon Greening (piano), Dominic Howles (acoustic bass) and Steve Brown (drums) gear in well enough.
Lukas has undeniable strengths. "Luminescence, an appropriate take-off point, finds him swinging in, keeping to the groove and letting the melody saturate with its presence. Fishwick swings too, but he gives his progression a welcome, gritty edge. Greening's flights are lithe and melodic, arcing the whole tune back.
Lukas navigates "Muezzin', the Pepper Adams composition, with dexterity. He blows the hard bop tune with ferocity without letting the pace slip pass by some interesting ideas. Fishwick, on flugelhorn, and Greening take the tune out, the former letting loose a blistering run, the latter prancing on top of the melody.
Minor disappointments are inescapable. Lukas makes heavy going of "I'm Old Fashioned. He begins well enough, playing with fluidity, but the flow gets bogged down along the way; the baritone does not sing a ballad well. Fishwick and Greening find empathy, and there is the fine rhythm sense of Brown on drums, but the final outcome is not completely satisfying.
Despite the twitches, Lukas has enough to show that he can get over the weak spots.
Track Listing: Luminescence; Stockholm Sweetnin; Ease it; Del Sasser; Theme for Ernie; Ceora; Tricotism; Sweet & Lovely; Muezzin; Im Old Fashioned; Stablemates.
Personnel: Pete Lukas: baritone saxophone; Steve Fishwick: trumpet, flugelhorn; Leon Greening: piano; Dominic Howles: acoustic bass; Steve Brown: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.