All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

152

Jed Levy: Gateway

By

Sign in to view read count
Listening to Gateway, by tenor man Jed Levy, is like walking along a familiar street and being pleased by previously unnoticed nuances in the architecture of a building. Levy's tunes are small samples of exploration. With a different number of bars, a key change or a different tempo, Levy takes the listener to unexpected places.

The title cut defines Levy's approach to playing and composing. Time signatures change, various keys are explored as they rise, fall and expand, bars in different time signatures are melded. The bright, swinging "Carillon, for example, is played in D—a key seldom used in straight-ahead jazz. "Life of Riley is in the best hard-bop tradition, Levy blowing confidently, with each bar expressing pure joy. George Colligan plays his usual quick-witted, challenging piano and Billy Drummond lays down the law on drums. "Irony is an intriguing original played in 3/4 with a Latin edginess to it, Colligan playing with verve and Levy's sax bursting with colors as Drummond thrashes beside them.

"Lost April is a fine ballad, with Drummond's brushes complementing Levy's suitably dolorous tones. Colligan sits out on "How Am I to Know, which gives bassist Ugonna Okegwo more room to display his robust plucking skills front and center. And Afterthought Blues would be a perfect tune with which to end a late night set. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but Gateway is a solid effort.

Track Listing: Life of Riley; Irony; Gateway; Lost April; Positivity; Chorale; How Am I To Know; Afterthought Blues; Carillon.

Personnel: Jed Levy: tenor saxophone; George Colligan: piano; Ugonna Okegwo: bass; Billy Drummond: drums.

Title: Gateway | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: SteepleChase Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
 

Blueprints of Jazz...

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
2011

buy
Evans Explorations

Evans Explorations

SteepleChase Records
2009

buy
One Night At The Kitano

One Night At The...

SteepleChase Records
2009

buy
Gateway

Gateway

SteepleChase Records
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read Live! CD/LP/Track Review
Live!
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: July 19, 2018
Read My Favorite Things(1960-1969) CD/LP/Track Review
My Favorite Things(1960-1969)
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 19, 2018
Read The Acadian Orogeny CD/LP/Track Review
The Acadian Orogeny
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 19, 2018
Read Drift CD/LP/Track Review
Drift
by Paul Rauch
Published: July 18, 2018
Read Journey Moments CD/LP/Track Review
Journey Moments
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: July 18, 2018
Read Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island CD/LP/Track Review
Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 18, 2018
Read "After The Rain" CD/LP/Track Review After The Rain
by Duncan Heining
Published: August 28, 2017
Read "Months, Weeks and Days" CD/LP/Track Review Months, Weeks and Days
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 21, 2018
Read "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" CD/LP/Track Review Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: June 29, 2018
Read "Free Radicals" CD/LP/Track Review Free Radicals
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 7, 2017
Read "Heart Of Brazil" CD/LP/Track Review Heart Of Brazil
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 14, 2018
Read "Falling Forward" CD/LP/Track Review Falling Forward
by James Nadal
Published: July 27, 2017