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Dutch-born bassist Joris Teepe lined up some of the most impressive young talent in New York for his debut release on the newly revived Postcards label. Recorded live at Small's, the late-night musicians' hangout in Greenwich Village, the album captures Teepe and a formidable front line of saxophonists Don Braden and Chris Potter, along with in-demand pianist David Hazeltine and drummer Bruce Cox, in a spirited set of up-to-the-minute New York jazz.
Teepe - a former student of Ron Carter and Peter Washington, whose resume includes stints with Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker and Renee Rosnes - kicks things off with a lively reading of the Billy Strayhorn classic, "Chelsea Bridge," featuring fine solo turns by Hazeltine and Potter. Teepe's bass takes the lead on a trio version of "You Don't Know What Love Is," before giving way to the supremely elegant Hazeltine. Other standards include a langorous take on Paul Simon's "I Do It For Your Love" and a full-throttle assault on Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring."
Teepe's original compositions range from the tender "Five Bears," based on a Dutch folk tune, to the hard-bop attack of the title track. The stellar saxophones of Potter and Braden square off energetically on "Second Avenue Story," an expansive, Coltrane-esque number, and again on "Blues for Claudia, a trio performance propelled by the leader's lyrical bass. There is wonderful improvisatory work from all the band members throughout the 70-minute session, with the interplay between the two saxophonists worthy of special mention. All in all, a memorable evening of jazz from five of the better young musicians around.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.