All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.
New York City-based guitarist/educator Adam Rafferty possesses a tone and technique that could spark the envy of a few of his peers. With this release, the artist along with Danton Boller (bass) and Russ “Styles” Dibona (drums) pursue a delicate balance that comprises softly flowing musings with groove based swing vamps. The title track is named after Dizzy Gillespie’s famous composition, which also signifies a tour de force effort for this band. Here, Rafferty commandeers the trio via his resonant mid-toned electric guitar progressions and deft single note lines as Boller establishes the pulse with a rapidly executed ostinato. The band uses space as an equalizer for a sequence of alternating motifs and tight knit rhythmic passages that are formulated upon post-Bop, Latin and more. Their very special treatment of Chick Corea’s “Windows,” includes Rafferty’s expressionistic reconstruction of the primary theme, which is all about warm voicings and lyrically rich statements. However, the guitarist augments many of these works with blistering fills amid Wes Montgomery-like tonalities and expansive improvisational frameworks. Highly Recommended...
Track Listing: 1.Slow Boat To China 2.Con Alma 3.Kush 4.Oleo 5.O Grande Amor 6.Superchunk 7.Windows 8.Kaleidiscope 9.Countdown 10.Frisco
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.