Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
158

Harvie S: Funky Cha

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count Views
Harvie S: Funky Cha The Latin jazz beat goes on, and Harvie S takes his turn to profile the music on Funky Cha. The bassist works with a core quartet, augmenting it with four other musicians; all eight appear on "Mariposa en Mano.

The music finds its muse in the various styles that make up the body of Latin jazz. Even Thelonious Monk does not escape treatment. So how does "Rhythm-a-ning work? Well indeed, to the beat of the rumba. Jay Collins' tenor sax sets a big and bold tone, but pianist Daniel Kelly widens the window, playing with a spirited gait that is egged on by drummer William "Beaver Bausch. Collins draws the final lines of the circle, brawny yet supple, to complete the enticement.

On the other hand, "What is This Thing Called Love is given an odd treatment. It starts as a gentle caress on the piano, invested with pliancy by the bass and then the plaintive voice of trumpeter Philip Dizack, against which nestles the tenor sax of Scott Robert Avidon. Avidon nails an energetic, deep-drawn and hardy line, but he tends to go over the top in a blaze of twisting arcs. Once he's done, the tune settles into calm repose once again.

The octet outing, "Mariposa en Mano, is stunning. The melody is immediate, its delectable sway captured by the flute, the horns riding it into improvisation without letting the rhythm escape attention. Harvie S composed this and five other tunes, including "Coco Loco, whose Latin beat is irresistibly sensuous, once again finding Collins feeding the fire along with conguero Wilson "Chembo Corniel and the leader, who lets his bass whomp and boom for the pulse.


Track Listing: Rhythm-a-ning; C7 Heaven; Mariposa en Mano; Earquake; S; Funky Cha; A Bright Moment; What is This Thing Called Love; Coco Loco.

Personnel: Harvie S: acoustic bass; Daniel Kelly: piano; William Beaver Bausch: drums; Jay Collins: tenor and soprano saxophones, flute (1-3,5-7); Scott Robert Avidon: tenor saxophone (3,4,8); Philip Dizack: trumpet (3,8); Wilson Chembo Corniel: congas and Latin percussion (2,3,7,9); Ernie Colon: guiro and clave (3,7).

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Zoho Music | Style: Latin/World


CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Bailey's Bundles
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Plucky Strum
Plucky Strum
Whaling City Sound
2015
buy
Cocolamus Bridge
Cocolamus Bridge
Blue Bamboo Music
2010
buy
Now Was The Time
Now Was The Time
Savant Records
2008
buy
Funky Cha
Funky Cha
Zoho Music
2006
buy
Texas Rumba
Texas Rumba
Zoho Music
2004
buy
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Gary Burton Gary Burton
vibraphone
Arturo Sandoval Arturo Sandoval
trumpet
Paquito D'Rivera Paquito D'Rivera
saxophone
Tito Puente Tito Puente
band/orchestra
Omar Sosa Omar Sosa
piano
Hilton Ruiz Hilton Ruiz
piano

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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