112

Richard Simon: Covering the Basses

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
On the second release for his own UFO-Bass label, bassist Richard Simon pays tribute to a number of other well-known timekeepers with a laid-back session whose aura is one of a late-night club date in which everyone is simply having a grand time grooving on the music they love and appreciate. After opening with a pair of disarming originals by Simon ("Melatonin," which brings Duke's "In a Mellow Tone" up to date, and "Theme from Poultry-geist"), the group essays tunes by bassists Ray Brown ("Ray's Idea"), Sam Jones ("Unit Seven"), Bob Haggart (a shuffle-tempo "What's New"), Leroy Vinnegar ("For Carl"), Johnny Frigo ("Detour Ahead," co-written with Herb Ellis and Lou Carter), Christian McBride ("In a Hurry"), Oscar Pettiford ("Tricotism"), John Clayton ("Blues for Stephanie"), Butch Warren ("The Backbone") and Charles Mingus' valedictory to Lester Young ("Goodbye Porkpie Hat"). Both front-liners (Bernal, Collette) are capable boppers with palpable Swing Era roots. Bernal stays with his deep-throated tenor while Collette alternates among tenor, alto and flute, displaying his usual self-assurance on each of them (he has to be one of the most underappreciated flutists on the scene). Hillery also enlivens the tonal canvas, playing organ on nine tracks (he's especially forceful on "Detour Ahead," "Blues for Stephanie" and "Backbone"), piano on three. Even though it's his gig, Simon doesn't dominate the proceedings, teaming instead with Hillary, Viola and Kirkwood to sculpt a consistently reliable rhythm component. Simon plays a lovely arco on Clayton's "Blues for Stephanie," and describes the melody with Viola on Pettiford's "Tricotism" (to which Viola appends another of his always-engaging solos) and with Bernal on Warren's Latin-flavored "Backbone." Collette's alto isn't listed on the mournful closer, "Porkpie Hat," but it's there alongside Bernal's tenor to nurture the proper mood. No fireworks or goosebumps here; simply a solid, well-played session by musicians who know one another well but clearly appreciate the chance to become even better acquainted.


Track Listing: Melatonia; Theme from "Poultry geist"; Ray's Idea; Unit Seven; What's New; For Carl; Detour Ahead; In a Hurry; Tricotism; Blues for Stepanie; The Backbone; Goodbye Porkpie Hat (61:21).

Personnel: Richard Simon, bass; Gil Bernal, tenor sax; Buddy Collette, tenor, alto saxes, flute; Art Hillery, piano, organ; Al Viola, guitar; Johnny Kirkwood, drums.

| Record Label: UFO Bass | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Lowdown Hoedown" CD/LP/Track Review Lowdown Hoedown
by Paul Rauch
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "Basement Blues" CD/LP/Track Review Basement Blues
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 4, 2016
Read "Storming Through the South" CD/LP/Track Review Storming Through the South
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 1, 2016
Read "Crop Circles" CD/LP/Track Review Crop Circles
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "Live" CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 31, 2016
Read "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" CD/LP/Track Review Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 1, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!