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?) "Samba De Orpheo" and "Manha De Carnival." Eyermann gets good and bluesy on "Georgia On My Mind," while "Greencastle" and Santana's "Europa" fulfill the disc's balladry requirements nicely. (Summit DCD 231)
Tracks: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. (56:25)
Tim Eyermann - soprano, alto, tenor, flute; Keith Killgo, Rod Gross - drums; Mary Ann Redmond - vocals; Gali Sanchez - percussion; Bill Foster, Wade Matthews, Tom Williams - bass; Michael Stucher, John Ozment, Fred Hughes - keyboards; Rick Lilliard - trombone; Larry Coryell - guitar; Danny Smallwood - synth orchestrations.