A classically trained pianist and member of the United States Marine Band, Bob Boguslaw recently gave a permanent name (The Way) to a group of musicians who have been playing together for over ten years in the Washington, DC area. Also featuring ace drummer Frank Russo, Gabrielle's Hand is an extroverted set of performances that include five Boguslaw originals.
The presence of percussionist Chris Rose in addition to drummer Russo gives the band a bubbling bedrock groove. "Do The Math is a particularly noteworthy example of the vitality the percussion tandem imparts. The song also features some fantastic rolling unaccompanied piano work from the leader that is delightfully flashy. Later in the song, the band joins in on background vocals behind Pete BarenBregge's exuberant saxophone solo; it can be rare to hear a band actually having a good time and not just going through the motions.
The other side of the band comes through on the delicate ballad "Gabrielle's Hand. Time seems to stop during BarenBregge's solo as he wrings every drop of feeling from each note, creating an enormous sense of space. The tune ends before you want it to.
The formula for success that Gabrielle's Hand employs is deceptively simple: get a group of talented musicians together and have them play some unique, interesting compositions. It should be easier to do than it is. Credit Bob Boguslaw and The Way for achieving that which so many others fail to do.
Track Listing: Snake Bit; Bright Blues; Scarborough Fair; Do The Math; Gabrielle's Hand; White Out; A Harry Situation; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Personnel: Bob Boguslaw: piano; Frank Russo: drums and percussion; Pete BarenBregge: saxophones; Aaron Clay: bass; Chris Rose: percussion; Rob Levit: guitar (tracks 4,6); Glenn Paulson: percussion (track 2)
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.