238

Joe Locke: Beauty Burning

David Adler By

Sign in to view read count
Joe Locke: Beauty Burning
Vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Frank Kimbrough have a developed a camaraderie that was well documented on 1999’s Saturn’s Child. Beauty Burning is the next chapter in that fruitful relationship, but this time bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts join the party. Guitarist Paul Bollenback also appears on three tracks. Kicking off the session with Chick Corea’s up-tempo "Litha," Locke launches right into his furious lines and weaves them through the tune’s complicated form. His intensity remains at a high level on Darrell Grant’s R&B-flavored "Twilight," Ray Drummond’s medium-slow hard bop chart "I-95," and Locke’s closing Latin/swing romp "Rasputainian Dance," the last of which features a particularly hot solo by Bollenback.

Bollenback’s acoustic guitar is a nice touch on Kimbrough’s "Quiet As It’s Kept," a composition that appeared — quite differently — on the pianist’s album Noumena. Similarly, Watts’s "Pools of Amber," originally recorded in trio with the late Kenny Kirkland on Citizen Tain, appears here as a beautiful quartet piece. Locke and Kimbrough bring back the sparkling textures of Saturn’s Child with a duo reading of "Where Is Love," a ballad from the film Oliver. The most serious magic, however, happens on Locke’s "Somewhere Waiting." Kimbrough reaches great heights during his solo and is cleverly featured playing the catchy riff alone toward the end of the song.

Locke is a fiery and speedy player, tremendously exciting to listen to. But he also knows how to coax lyrical possibilities from every tune, and how to feature his band to full effect.

Track Listing

Litha; Twilight; Pools of Amber; Somewhere Waiting; Quite As It’s Kept; Where Is Love; I-95; Rasputainian Dance.

Personnel

Joe Locke: vibraphone; Frank Kimbrough: piano; Ray Drummond: bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts: drums; Paul Bollenback: guitar.

Album information

Title: Beauty Burning | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Sirocco Music Limited

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Naurora
Dewa Budjana
The Last Call
Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine
Palette of Feelings
Karolis Šarkus
A Centering Peace
Brian Woodruff Sextet
Five Down Blues
Kyle Asche Organ trio
Long Tall Sunshine
Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.