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Drummer Ben Perowsky has decided to do one with Dad; Dad being reedman /arranger Frank Perowskythe Pop in Bop on Pop
Perowsky the younger is a New York-based drummer who has worked with everyone from Walter Becker (Steely Dan) to John Cale (Velvet Underground) to jazz keyboardist Uri Caine and trumpeter/bandleader Dave Douglas. Pop/Frank is a veteran of the big band sceneLee Castle and Woody Hermanand has performed with Peggy Lee, Billy Ecstine, Sarah Vaughn...and on and on.
For Bop on Pop , an unpretentious trio outing, father and son play some of the tried and true tunes they've played together for years, since Ben was a kid (check out the picture of him, six years old at the drum set, at www.perowsky.com), and they've enlisted Sam Yahelwho just did the marvelous yaya3 CD with Joshua Redmanto sit in on B-3 organ.
It's a set of tunes familiar to any jazz fan: Miles Davis's "Vierd Blues", off the early Prestige album, Collector's Items , with Frank P. displaying a throaty tenor tone, Yahel whispering aropund the melody; a couple of American Songbook classics"All of You" (Cole Porter) and "My Foolish Heart"Fat's Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz" that has the dark wood of Frank's clarinet dancing around the similar tones of Yahel's B-3 breeze in front of Ben's shuffling percussion.
And if it's got bop in the title, you have to include some Bird: "Confirmation", of course, and also "Star Eyes", one of the Yardbird's most recognizable vehicles; and again with a Miles Davis-penned, Charlie Parker-made famous tune, "Donna Lee".
A fine, pared-down, first-rate primer of Bop and American Songbook tunes, with the switch from tenor sax to clarinet keeping the sound interesting.
Visit Ben's website at www.perowsky.com
Track Listing: Vierd Blues, The Jitterbug Waltz, Quicksilver, All of You, My Foolish Heart, Star Eyes, Confirmation, Donna Lee, Four
Personnel: Ben Perowsky, drums; Frank Perowsky, saxophone and clarinet; Sam Yahel, organ
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.