194

Keith Oxman: Dues in Progress

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Keith Oxman's straight-ahead sextet interprets this program of standards and original compositions with a veteran's touch. Trumpeter Marcus Hampton sits in for "C.H.O.C., oboist Peter Cooper for "Darn That Dream. With his cohesive ensemble in sync, the tenor saxophonist delivers a clear message.

Keith Oxman is from Denver. His thirty years' experience in the jazz world includes an extensive stint with the Buddy Rich Big Band. His "Dues in Progress reflects the same kind of soulful swing that Rich championed. Oxman's tenor leaps out in front of his ensemble, taking off with hard rips and free-flowing spurts that coalesce with the actions of his musical partners. Everyone works together seamlessly and cohesively, still taking advantage of plenty of solo opportunities.

Oxman interprets Joe Henderson's "Serenity with a quartet, allying himself with the group's straight-ahead coolness. His casual tenor rollicks with the song's playful appearance, while pianist Chip Stephens applies dramatic undercurrents. Oxman's duo interpretation of Thirty-One for Strayhorn works with tender piano accompaniment, which slows with meaningful dialogue. The piece represents an artist's view of hearts on fire. Two and Fro is a brief, up-tempo tenor/drum duet where notes and accents fly in all directions.

Romps such as "Anna Kate, "Cap'n Kidd and "Two Wheelin' Nathan find the sextet reveling in a standard straight-ahead format that keeps the fires burning. For most of the session, however, those fires are maintained at low heat, keeping a constant vigil on the ensemble aspect of Oxman's program and ensuring that all points are connected properly. Stephens' piano and the leader's tenor provide the hottest soloing, and the shifting ensembles surround each profile with counterpoint that tucks the music into a suitable envelope of jazz history.


Track Listing: I Hear a Rhapsody; Susan; Dues in Progress; Anna Kate; Cap

Personnel: Keith Oxman: tenor saxophone; Chip Stephens: piano; Ken Walker: bass; Todd Reid: drums; Curtis Fuller: trombone; Al Hood, Marcus Hampton (11): trumpet; Peter Cooper: oboe (6).

Title: Dues in Progress | Year Released: 2006


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Gledalec CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Flux Reflux CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Christmas With Champian CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "Life Compass On!" CD/LP/Track Review Life Compass On!
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 5, 2017
Read "From Two Balconies" CD/LP/Track Review From Two Balconies
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "East West Time Line" CD/LP/Track Review East West Time Line
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 10, 2017
Read "Christmas With Champian" CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Live In Brooklyn" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "My Iris" CD/LP/Track Review My Iris
by Phil Barnes
Published: April 12, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.