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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 love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.