Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

116

Glenn Shambroom & Friends: Include Me Out

Ken Hohman By

Sign in to view read count
Glenn Shambroom is a baritone saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist whose approach is reminiscent of the brightest work from Gerry Mulligan, in both his lyrical playing and his catchy themes. With his debut album Include Me Out, he offers a balanced set of original compositions that will win you over with their boppish swing and smartly crafted arrangements.

You’ll find none of the R&B-ish honks or pops that many baritone players feel compelled to blow on these tracks, for Shambroom is quite at home in the melody. His playing is muscular without being gritty, and firmly in the groove. Shambroom and his tag team partner Billy Novick share a love for clean phrasing and fluid lines, and over the course of the record, the two of them go through the entire reed section from flute to bass clarinet.

But as good as Shambroom and Novick are in the spotlight, it’s the instruments in supporting roles that enrich many of these gems. The soulful playing of Tom West on the Hammond B3 provides a molasses-flavored counterpoint to Shambroom on bluesy shuffles like “Broomshtick” and the bouncing “Include Me Out,” while the acoustic guitar accompaniment by Larry Carsman adds texture and emotion to compelling songs like “Nina’s Dream.” In fact, the bittersweet ballad “Nina’s Dream” is one of the record’s standout tracks, featuring dreamy interplay between soprano sax, bass clarinet and soulful tones from the Hammond B3.

For straight-ahead blowing, you can’t go wrong with “Asset Check,” which swings in the fashion of '50s Pacific Coast jazz. “Clean Sweep” is swinging mid-tempo blower featuring West on electric keyboard. “The Pie Is Gone” is a hip cooker thanks to the addition of bongos, flute and acoustic guitar. And on the slow-tempo side, Shambroom’s intentionally laconic soprano may carry the theme for the clever “Noddin’ At Notoddon,” but its descending lines are prelude to fine blues-soaked solos by Novick on alto and West on piano.

All told, Include Me Out is a distinctive debut for Glenn Shambroom. With his confident swing, shifting arrangements and strong compositions, Shambroom has managed to create a record that is both intelligent and fun. Include me in.


Track Listing: 1. Include Me Out 2. Nina's Dream 3. Clean Sweep 4. Noddin' At Notodden 5. Asset Check 6. The Pie Is Gone 7. She Walked Away 8. Broomshtick

Personnel: Glenn Shambroom: bari sax, soprano sax. Billy Novick: alto sax, bass clarinet, alto flute. Tom West: keyboards. Greg Holt: bass. Ed Scheer: drums, bongos. Zac Casher: drums. Larry Carsman: guitar.

Title: Include Me Out | Year Released: 2004

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House CD/LP/Track Review Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 21, 2018
Read Journey to a New World CD/LP/Track Review Journey to a New World
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 21, 2018
Read Disappeared Behind the Sun CD/LP/Track Review Disappeared Behind the Sun
by John Sharpe
Published: January 21, 2018
Read 2018 Neujahrskonzert New Year’s Concert CD/LP/Track Review 2018 Neujahrskonzert New Year’s Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 21, 2018
Read Lux CD/LP/Track Review Lux
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Unleashed CD/LP/Track Review Unleashed
by John Sharpe
Published: January 20, 2018
Read "Tether" CD/LP/Track Review Tether
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 12, 2017
Read "Nocturno" CD/LP/Track Review Nocturno
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 9, 2017
Read "Brass Mask Live" CD/LP/Track Review Brass Mask Live
by Duncan Heining
Published: May 1, 2017
Read "Expedition" CD/LP/Track Review Expedition
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 4, 2017
Read "Unfiltered Universe" CD/LP/Track Review Unfiltered Universe
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 29, 2017
Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" CD/LP/Track Review Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists
by Marithe Van der Aa
Published: May 7, 2017