A lot of good things come out of Boston and some good things remain there. Let the latter be; the former is of the moment and it concerns the four musicians who went to that city from their home towns. They stayed there drawn by the music scene and when fate cast its dice, they came together to make some of their own. On this recording the compositions come from Andy Voelker and Joel Yennior. The music is varied and the band triggers invention convincingly to give the tunes a strong presence.
The first stop is swing and they fire the rhythm of “What’s The Deal?” with strong dynamics that first flow from the trombone of Yennior, greased with some fat lines which sit in well with the mood he shapes, and then from the alto of Voelker, who injects sharp phrases and quick jabs. There is an interesting devolution during the “Joisey Boys’ Shuffle.” They bounce and they prance and Voelker cuts the swath with some hard blowing that rips the fabric while Yennior brings in the shuffle on his lines that also have a shade of the blues. Churning beneath are Chris Punis on drums and Edward Perez on bass who gets his bowing right into a nice melodic groove when the spotlight falls over him.
“I Want To Go To Havana” is an appealing descarga, fiery in spirit and in tempo as the surge gathers momentum. The pace slows down for “Lovesick Thoughts,” the ballad shimmering through the unison lines of Voelker and Yennior. The former gets some hard edged voicing on the bed Yennior lays down before the trombonist takes over and illustrates his métier through his explorations.
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.