134

Keith Oxman: Dues In Progress

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Keith Oxman: Dues In Progress Listening to music can be a pleasant experience, and Keith Oxman serves up just the right recipe on Dues In Progress, his sixth album. Trombonist Curtis Fuller contributes one track, the happy, snappy, Latin zinger "Cap'n Kidd," and the other members of the band chip in with some fine performances. At the end of it all, the listener can breathe a sigh of high satisfaction.

Oxman, who wrote six of the tunes, leans towards bop, but he also throws in a bit of funk and knows how to swing. His tone on the tenor breathes a warm, coaxing fire that he moulds into each composition with flair and imagination.

Oxman uses various combinations to get the music across. He goes "Two and Fro with drummer Todd Reid, who gives shim, supple support as he weaves a maze of bop lines that curl and holler and cut a hard-as-nails groove. "Anna Kate, another Oxman composition, sets the pulse on swing. Oxman documents the approach with a lithe gait, taking an aside to break the lines as Al Hood comes in. Hood plays with a crisp intonation, his notes sharp yet tensile. But then pianist Chip Stephens wafts in with a sunny disposition that nevertheless complements what has passed, completing an enticing picture.

Joe Henderson's "Serenity has a bop edge, Oxman shaping the head before Stephens takes it on a tangent with a welter of improvised notes that move into melody land. Oxman rides the bop circuit, investing it with a host of ideas. The group wraps the session up with the liquid, luminous "Thirty One for Strayhorn, a ballad that flows with underlying passion and strong, palpable emotion—quite the right closer for this record.


Track Listing: I Hear a Rhapsody; Susan; Dues in Progress; Anna Kate; Capn Kidd; Darn That Dream; Two and Fro; The Masquerade is Over; Serenity; Two Wheelin Nathan; C.H.O.C.; Thirty One for Strayhorn.

Personnel: Keith Oxman: tenor saxophone; Curtis Fuller: trombone; Marcus Hampton: trumpet; Al Hood: trumpet; Chip Stephens: piano; Ken Walker: bass; Todd Reid: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Hank Jones Hank Jones
piano
Cedar Walton Cedar Walton
piano
Lester Young Lester Young
saxophone
Joe Lovano Joe Lovano
saxophone
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Buck Hill Buck Hill
sax, tenor
Roy Haynes Roy Haynes
drums
Greg Tardy Greg Tardy
sax, tenor
Jimmy Cobb Jimmy Cobb
drums
Eric Reed Eric Reed
piano
Gene Ammons Gene Ammons
sax, tenor

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Acceptance" CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Jim Olin
Published: June 30, 2016
Read "Jim Crow's Tears" CD/LP/Track Review Jim Crow's Tears
by James Nadal
Published: November 10, 2016
Read "Love Song" CD/LP/Track Review Love Song
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 20, 2016
Read "Triple Exposure" CD/LP/Track Review Triple Exposure
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Conditions" CD/LP/Track Review Conditions
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Spring Feelings" CD/LP/Track Review Spring Feelings
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 20, 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!