64

Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six: Heretic Blues

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Bob Koester, the main man at Delmark Records, labels the music produced by Kevin O’Donnell’s Quality Six “unclassifiable,” and he’ll get no argument from these quarters. It has elements of blues, swing, classic New Orleans and even occasional whiffs of bop, played by a sextet whose front line includes violin, guitar, alto sax and trombone. Violinist Andrew Bird handles most of the vocals (trombonist Dieckmann is heard on “Red Boa,” guitarist Bunn on “Margaret,” guest guitarist Jon Williams on “There, There, There”), and he’s a blues disciple who emotes with ample emotion and world–weariness. Leader/drummer O’Donnell supplied the lyrics for nine of the ten vocal tracks (eight of his compositions and the traditional ”Stack o’ Lee”). The melodies are generally fine, and the lyrics are too, although some of them contain allusions that aren’t always easily unraveled. The most well–known song on the date is the Gershwins’ “Lady Be Good,” and it is given a Grappelli/Reinhardt/Hot Club of Paris treatment with Byrd again handling the vocal. While Bird’s fiddle and voice are often prominent, everyone makes an important contribution, and there are no top bananas in the ensemble. Alto Greene has the most “modern” approach, and everyone swings into another gear whenever he solos. Among the instrumentals, O’Donnell’s loping “Blues for Andrew” is a standout as Bird rises to the occasion with a persuasive solo. This is a well–played session but so wide–ranging that one wonders where its audience might lie.

Track listing: Moten Swing; Heretic Blues; Girl from New York City; Self Inflicted; My Friend Eddie; Could You Please Move Over?; Stack o’ Lee; Candy Dish Stomp; Oh! Lady Be Good; There, There, There; Margaret; Blues for Andrew; Red Boa; Mope (62:58).

Personnel:

Kevin O

| Record Label: Delmark Records | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Reflections" CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Andrew Luhn
Published: March 23, 2016
Read "Live At Blues Alley" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Blues Alley
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 13, 2016
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 13, 2016
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 5, 2016
Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" CD/LP/Track Review Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Blue And Lonesome" CD/LP/Track Review Blue And Lonesome
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 11, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!