Summit Records has evolved into one of the finer jazz record labels. They're proponents of worthy, yet at times lesser-known talent, while also recruiting more familiar names for a variety of projects. Here, the Chad Lawson (piano) Trio morph tunes from The Wizard of Oz into mainstream jazz arrangements. The musicians have designed a pleasant outing, marked by their rather good-natured approach to the material. In fact, recordings of this ilk could serve as a good basis for introducing jazz music to the uninformed. Either way, the musicians possess a light touch as they effortlessly glide through the OZ songbook, including two originals by the leader.
Track Listing: 1. Over the Rainbow - 5:47
2. Yellow Brick Road/See the Wizard - 5:54
3. If I Only Had a Brain - 4:42
4. Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead - 4:54
5. Munchkinland - 4:09
6. The Lollypop Guild - 4:13
7. Merry Ole Land of Oz - 3:32
8. King of the Forest - 4:22
9. Dear Dorothy (Lawson) - 4:31
10. The Jitterbug - 5:04
11. Are We There Yet? (Lawson) - 6:42
12. Optimistic Voices - 2:39
Personnel: Chad Lawson -Piano; Zack Page -Bass; Alfred Sergel -Drums.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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