In his latest album Dameronia With Strings, Ferit Odman pays tribute to the great Tadd Dameron. He treats listeners to a smorgasbord of Dameron jazza sparkling kind that soothes the soul but pumps the heart. Accompanied by an outstanding group of musicians, namely trumpeter Terell Stafford, composer and guitarist David O'Rourke, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Peter Washington, and a string sextet, the Turkish jazz drummer made Dameron relevant to young jazz artists today.
In "Just Plain Talkin,'" Odman reinvents Dameron's blues into bold jazz with a duet of bass and drums midway through and a sleek percussion solo towards the end. An upbeat piano adds more vigor to the already dynamic jazz tunes of the song. "Just Plain Talkin'" is the kind of music that tells a story from its opening rhythms to the end. It intrigues listeners, making them ever so in tuned with every beat, note, and strum.
"Smooth as the Wind" is a magical masterpiece with an underlying sensuous drum roll. Another classic from Dameron, this composition recalls old Hollywood glamour. Odman's well-timed ripples flow smoothly with the trumpet's enticing tune. It starts off slow, but then gradually becomes upbeat before pulling back once again. It ends with a buoyant crescendo that will leave you in awe as if you've just seen an ochre sunset with multiple tones blending seamlessly.
Odman shows off his jazz-drumming prowess in his reimagining of Dameron's "Look, Stop & Listen." The percussion leads the way in this song with the 33-year-old drummer exhibiting pure beat brilliance. The way it merged with the piano was extraordinary. Dameron has had a special spot for drummers and this composition was created to highlight the talent of jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones. In the same way, this song showcases Odman's skillful coordination and impeccable rhythm as he hits the perfect percussion at the right time without a beat going off or out of sync. The title "Look, Stop & Listen" encapsulates the entire experience as it mesmerizes the listener and makes everything seem to stop, as it demands undivided attention. Hurried but not harried, the upbeat tempo will awaken the senses with a unique jazz music that vibrates with a mix of feathery and ferocious beat.
Odman is a master of subtlety and grandeur. His gentle drumming resonates despite the presence of other instruments and his loud beats harmonize with the same intensity. This all-instrumental jazz album will captivate listeners the same way Dameron enchanted his followers. Besides, who needs words when every note and beat speaks to you in ways you never thought possible.
On a Misty Night; If You Could See Me Now; Just Plain Talkin'; Smooth as the
Wind; Look, Stop & Listen; You're a Joy; Our Delight; Soultrane.
Ferit Odman: percussion, drums; Terell Stafford: trumpet; David O’Rourke: guitar;
Danny Grisett: piano; Peter Washington: bass.