All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

175

Nicholas Hoffman: Jazzy's Dance

By

Sign in to view read count
A native Chicagoan now living on the West Coast, this is guitarist Nicholas Hoffman's second album. But his Chicago roots have followed him to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. While in the Windy City, Hoffman was influenced by those who played on the blues sides, especially sax men Von Freeman and Bunky Green. Hoffman returns to Chicago to record this program of ten tunes which includes one of his originals and one by his wife, Debra Chang.

The session features the talents of two masters of the Hammond B3 organ, Joey DeFrancesco and Dave Mathews. Hoffman has wanted to record in this setting for a long time following in the pedal steps (if you will) of such other famous guitar organ combos as Grant Green/Larry Young, Kenny Burrell/Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery/Mel Rhyne. The Hoffman/DeFrancesco run on Hoffman's fun, fast paced "Silly Wabbit" recalls the sound of the Green/Young collaboration. "Old Devil Moon" recalls the Eddie Lockjaw Davis/Shirley Scott 1958 recording with Hoffman taking the sax role with his guitar. Regardless of the tune or tempo, Hoffman's guitar stays clean and refreshing, there's no heavy smearing in his technique.

This album is also endowed by the presence of the Dexter Gordon influenced sax of Hadley Caliman who made some forward looking albums for Mainstream and Catalyst during the 1970's. Among his contributions here are imaginative improvising on "This Can't Be Love" and soulful sax on a blues based "You've Changed" with Dave Mathews playing soap opera type organ underneath on the latter. The other member of the cast is drummer Mark Ivester who backs many of the fine jazz performers from that very active part of the country. This album is a marriage between organ and guitar that everyone can enjoy. Recommended. Visit Hoffman on the Internet at www.memes.com/~jazzkoo/ jazzypage. html.


Track Listing: This Can't Be Love*; My Babe#; Old Devil Moon#; Silly Wabbit*; You've Changed#; Backup*; Jazzy's Dance#; These Are Soulful Days*; Blues in the Closet#; Peace#

Personnel: Nicholas Hoffman - Guitar; Hadley Caliman - Tenor Sax; Joey DeFrancesco*, Dave Mathews# - Hammond B3 Organ; Mark Ivester - Drums

Title: Jazzy's Dance | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Jazz Friends Productions

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
 

Jazzy's Dance

Jazz Friends Productions
2001

buy

Related Articles

Read Jazz Tango CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz Tango
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2018
Read The Berlin Concert CD/LP/Track Review
The Berlin Concert
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 18, 2018
Read IMA IMA CD/LP/Track Review
IMA IMA
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2018
Read Breathe CD/LP/Track Review
Breathe
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 18, 2018
Read Good Music CD/LP/Track Review
Good Music
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 18, 2018
Read Stillness & Sirens CD/LP/Track Review
Stillness & Sirens
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 17, 2018
Read "Color Tones" CD/LP/Track Review Color Tones
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 2, 2017
Read "Sunshine In My Head" CD/LP/Track Review Sunshine In My Head
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 14, 2018
Read "Chrome" CD/LP/Track Review Chrome
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 11, 2017
Read "Wherever You're Starting From" CD/LP/Track Review Wherever You're Starting From
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 8, 2018
Read "Aleka" CD/LP/Track Review Aleka
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 21, 2017
Read "Heptagon" CD/LP/Track Review Heptagon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 23, 2017