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Drummer/percussionist/composer Kevin Norton represents one of jazz's modern day pioneers. Whether performing and recording with saxophonist/composer and new music icon Anthony Braxton or engaging free jazz with serious compositional intentions, the artist has also assisted with the development of students seeking broader horizons. However, this trio-based endeavor suggests a mini collective of sorts, where everyone gets a fair shake.
The musicians propagate a huge wall of sound via their inspiring interpretations of Miles Davis' "Nardis," Monk's "I Mean You," and original compositions. On "O/R," the band surges forward with a straightforward, mid-tempo swing vamp, punctuated by saxophonist Bob Celusak's breezy choruses. Here, Norton embellishes the rhythmic developments with a series of well-placed rim shots, sweeping fills, and a fervent polyrhythmic attack, aided by bassist Andy Eulau's powerful bottom end. The band has some fun with the primary theme during the piece titled "This Loving Thing," where Norton hammers his dark ride cymbal amid peppery exchanges with Celusak. Otherwise, the musicians enrich the diversity of the program with a thoughtfully arranged, free jazz style mini suite, titled "Suite in Three Parts."
It is easily discernible that this unit conveys a festive disposition. Perhaps we can borrow a rock n' roll expression by stating that there is - a whole lot of shakin' goin on - as these musicians perpetuate a massive sound marked by their blistering interplay, turbulently executed grooves and indisputable synergy. Recommended!
Track Listing: 1.O/R 2.Nardis 3.CIMPly Da Blues 4.This Loving Thing 5.I Mean You 6.December 19,2000 (for Milt Hinton) 7.Walking the Dogma 8.Thoughts of the Iron Monkey 9.Footprints 10.Suite in Three Parts
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com