409

Jeremy Monteiro: Homecoming

Ian Patterson By

Sign in to view read count
Jeremy Monteiro: Homecoming
Jeremy Monteiro has recorded around twenty albums in two decades, yet surprisingly this is the pianist's first offering of entirely original compositions in fourteen years. They confirm, however, what anyone who has seen him in concert already knows: firstly, that he writes sensitive, well-crafted tunes, and secondly, that as a pianist he is at the top of the tree.

Ably supported by his regular trio members, Syracuse, New York drummer Shawn Kelley and Melbourne bassist Belinda Moody, and augmented by the muscular tones of sax legend Ernie Watts, Monteiro leads the way through a wonderfully rich and varied set. The first two tracks feature Greg Fishman, who plays a jaunty tenor on the striding "Jazzybelle's Shuffle and flute on the Latin "Samba Apassionata. The latter track is dedicated to the late Edmond Branson, Jr., a leading drummer on the Singapore scene.

The tempo remains upbeat on "The Bubala Dance, where Watts adds his fireworks to the proceedings. This is the first of two songs co-written by Monteiro and Watts, who first collaborated almost twenty years ago, and the affinity between them is apparent. The other Monteiro/Watts number, "Remember, is a soulful, meditative piece reminiscent of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes. Belinda Moody, an original voice, shines through on a short yet tasteful bass solo.

One of the highlights is "Inner Voice, in which both Monteiro and Ernie Watts solo elegantly and powerfully. It is a fine study in the art of tension and release. The title track, "Homecoming, highlights the talents of drummer Shawn Kelley and soprano player Ernie Watts. This jubilant calypso is very much in the mould of Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas and no less enjoyable.

Monteiro succeeds in mixing up the pace and mood of the songs, and one of his strengths as a leader lies in the space he allows his partners. On "Lorna's Kitchen," co-written by bassist Eldee Young, each member of the trio takes his turn in the spotlight, racing along together at a rattling pace. The album closes with Monteiro and Moody's glorious, understated "Blues For Ray, dedicated to the late Ray Charles. The playing on this blues piece is almost respectful, with Monteiro and Moody soloing in beautifully restrained manner over Ron Feuer's Hammond C3 Organ. A burst of gospel-style piano at the end concludes a fine tribute to the great man.

Some may have thought that when Claude Nobbs invited Jeremy Monteiro to play Montreux in 1988, the Singaporean pianist had had his day in the sun. On the evidence of this delightful album, maybe his day in the sun is yet to come.

Track Listing

Jazzybelle's Shuffle; Samba Apassionata; The Bubala Dance; Life Goes On; Inner Voice; Homecoming; Remember (Another Time); Lorna's Kitchen; Blues For Ray.

Personnel

Jeremy Monteiro: piano; Belinda Moody: bass; Shawn Kelley:drums; Ernie Watts:tenor saxophone (3,5,7), soprano saxophone (6); Greg Fishman:tenor saxophone (1), flute (2); Mohamed Noor: Latin percussion (2,6); Ron Feuer:Hammond C3 organ (9).

Album information

Title: Homecoming | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Jazznote Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Mono No Aware
Roberto Pianca Sub Rosa
Live at NIR Studios
Georg Graewe, Kjell Nordeson, Jon Raskin Trio
Breathe
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Beau Bow de Lune
Val McCallum
Jesup Wagon
James Brandon Lewis
Songs For Tracy
Frank Macchia

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.