DC-area saxophonist Tim Eyermann proves, with his latest east coast offeringKarla's Fire, that contemporary jazz and more traditional formats can co-exist together on the same program and even compliment each other. The contemporary-oriented songs, including the opener "Just a Thought," the title cut, the Kenny Loggins ballad "Now and Then," and "Weekend Update" feature enjoyable melodies and good jazz sensibilities. "My Funny Valentine" features outstanding solos from bassist Bill Foster and high-in-the-stratosphere trombonist Rick Lilliard, on top of contemporary finger-snapping bass and funky drum licks. Eyermann improvizes skillfully throught the program, but really smokes on "Secret Love," the most straight-ahead romp on the disc; pianist Fred Hughes and bassist Tom Williams also cook. Eyermann invited guitarist Larry Coryell to participate on two Luis Bonfa chestnuts (or should I say Brazil nuts?)
Just a Thought; Karla's Fire; Now and Then; My Funny Valentine; Secret Love; Greencastle; Samba De Orpheo; Europa; Georgia On My Mind; Weekend Update; Manha De Carnival.
Tim Eyermann- alto sax, soprano sax, C flute, alto flute, piccolo; Michael Sutcher, John Ozment, Fred Hughes- keyboards; Bill Foster, Wade Matthews- electric bass; Tom Williams- acoustic bass; Rod Gross, Keith Killgo- drums; Gail Sanchez- percussion on "Samba de Orpheo"; Larry Coryell- guitar on "Samba de Orpheo" and "Manha de Carnaval"; Rick Lillard- trombone on "My Funny Valentine" and "Weekend Update"; Mary Ann Redmond- vocal on "Now and Then".