240

Mike Frost Project: Comin Straight At Ya

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Mike Frost Project: This stellar Chicago organ combo is a swinging sextet from the straight-ahead tradition. Bassist Mark Berls guests on four numbers, giving the Mike Frost Project an even bigger sound. Brothers Mike and Steve Frost have had a lifetime to develop the cohesive sound that they display here. However, it's been a lot more effort than that for the band. They all worked together for over five years to develop the superb cohesiveness that's so prominent on this recommended album.

Tone quality plays a major role in the band's success. On tenor and soprano, Mike Frost delivers a persuasive, clarion tone. The soprano can be a tough one to get used to—I can count on two hands the number of soprano saxophonists whom I enjoy listening to, and still have a few fingers left over. Frost has a captivating tone quality that combines with his spot-on intonation for a beautiful presentation. That puts him into the elite group of soprano saxophonists whom I understand and enjoy.

Trumpeter Steve Frost endows his melodic refrains with considerable expression, never sacrificing soul for technique. He has varied opportunities, too, with up-tempo romps like "Dizzy Atmosphere and slow ballads like McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace.

The stellar lineup of artists in the Project know each other well. Pianist/organist Tom Vaitsas stretches out frequently and comps with a strong foundation, while guitarist Bill Boris adds lyrical phrases that merge seamlessly. Their easy motion and swinging rhythms are thrilling.

As the album closes with Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance, the band's funky strut picks it up a notch. They've got the feeling down pat. At this point, people in the audience would be up and out of their chairs, unwilling to keep still while the music drives 'em harder. Comin' Straight At Ya' can rock your boat and take you for a healthy ride through "where it's at.


Track Listing: Wylies Windup; Vicious Dex-o-licious; Little Sunflower; Dizzy Atmosphere; Search for Peace; Wake Up; Star Eyes; Nicas Winter Waltz; Aw Geez; Midways Lament; Ill Remember April; Freedom Jazz Dance.

Personnel: Mike Frost: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Steve Frost: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bill Boris: guitar; Tom Vaitsas: B3 organ, piano; Tim Mulvenna: percussion, vibraphone; Dave Bernat: drums; Mark Berls: bass.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Blujazz Productions | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by Troy Collins
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "Of the Tree" CD/LP/Track Review Of the Tree
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 23, 2016
Read "Two Hands, One Heart" CD/LP/Track Review Two Hands, One Heart
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 8, 2017
Read "Ripple" CD/LP/Track Review Ripple
by Bob Kenselaar
Published: November 29, 2016
Read "I'll Be Seeing You" CD/LP/Track Review I'll Be Seeing You
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 24, 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!