140

L.A. Underground: Black Note

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Bop Bifurcation. Hard Bop, Post Bop, Free Bop, Bebop: what does this all mean?. In a fluid evolution, Hard Bop flowed from the ‘50s into the ‘60s and once filtered through Miles Davis’ second great quintet emerged as Post bop. This new species of jazz differed from its ancestor by a freedom of rhythm and harmony, particularly in percussion (Tony Williams is almost solely responsible for this). But Hard Bop never went away. It became more polished, both in performance and engineering. Black Note is a superb example of this more polished Hard Bop. Like Robert Stewart’s Judgement (RED 123268, reviewed last month), Black Note is a smoothly polished collection of mostly original compositions that while firmly grounded in chordal harmonies, is rubbed carefully into a high shine.

L.A. Underground is a seamless sextet that is reed heavy. James Mahone’s alto and Phil Vieux’s tenor are very much front and center in these pieces. Bassist Mark Shelby (bassist on Judgement ) composed the lion’s share of the originals. They include blues (“Elizabeth Brown”) and ballads (“Modern Rome”). O and H’s “All The Things You Are” is given and jaunty treatment, using Dizzy’s famous opening in a very angular way. The engineering has a smooth, clear complexion, and all instruments clearly audible. This is a very fun and approachable jazz recording that should please most mainstream heads.


Track Listing: Elizabeth Brown; Song Of The Nile; 5th Street; The Warrior; Modern Rome; Blue J; The Final Call; WEJIII, All The Things You Are; The Ancient Rome Suite. (Total Time: 59:58)

Personnel: James Mahone: Alto Saxophone; Gilbert Castellanos: Trumpet; Richard Grant Trumpet; Phil Vieux: Tenor Saxophone; Ark Sano: Piano; Mark Shelby: Bass; Willie Jones III: Drums.

| Record Label: Red Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 20, 2016
Read "Collective Effervescence" CD/LP/Track Review Collective Effervescence
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 24, 2016
Read "Rise" CD/LP/Track Review Rise
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 12, 2016
Read "Westering Home" CD/LP/Track Review Westering Home
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 7, 2016
Read "Il Dodicesimo Nano" CD/LP/Track Review Il Dodicesimo Nano
by Jim Olin
Published: January 10, 2017
Read "Steelonious" CD/LP/Track Review Steelonious
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 6, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!