130

Gregg August: Late August

By

Sign in to view read count
Gregg August: Late August Bassist Gregg August's pedigree is hard bop, and his trademark compositions have heads that examine every harmonic and melodic possibility and are almost stories unto themselves. His sextet recently played a lively set at New York's Fat Cat, and a few of the tunes they performed are featured on August's new album, the somewhat self-titled Late August.

"Sweet Maladie opens with a hard bop head, then shifts into a robust Latin groove. Donny McCaslin takes a strong solo on tenor, as does the leader on plucked bass. Guest stars Wilson "Chembo Corniel (shekere) and the peerless Ray Barretto (congas) supply the percussive drive. The arrangement of "Four Two K takes a bit long to get to the point, but McCaslin's soul-searching, crisp tenor solo and John Bailey soaring trumpet make it worth the wait. On "M's Blues, pianist Alon Yavnai plays with a clarity and melodic style that owes a lot to McCoy Tyner. Alto sax man Myron Walden stole the show at Fat Cat with an extended a capella passage where he squeezed the guts out of each note. On this tune he's not nearly as strident, but he still plays with inventiveness and muscularity.

On "Melody in Black and Grey, another Latin-influenced tune with a Trane-ish tension in the head, Walden and Yavnai have a nice dialogue, then McCaslin and Bailey pick up the conversation. August's amplified yet dolorous solo arco on the luminous "Eulogy feels as though it belongs in a medieval church. The leader reduces the group from a sextet to a quartet for "Deceptions, featuring John Hart on guitar, Quincy Davis on drums, and the fabulous Frank Wess on tenor sax. Wess' solo is playful and joyous, and Hart displays blistering chops on his axe. The core group returns to end this rock-solid disc with "Work In Progress, a tune in an Ellington-meets-Blakey vein.

Track Listing: Sweet Maladie; Four Two K; M's Blues; Treatments in Darkness;Los Dos Cot

Personnel: Gregg August: bass; John Bailey: trumpet; Myron Walden: alto saxophone; Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone; Alon Yavnai: piano; Eric McPhearson: drums; Ray Barretto: congas; Wilson "Chembo" Corniel: sheker

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Iacuessa Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Disappeared Behind the Sun CD/LP/Track Review Disappeared Behind the Sun
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 29, 2017
Read Innate CD/LP/Track Review Innate
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: March 29, 2017
Read The Seasons CD/LP/Track Review The Seasons
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 29, 2017
Read Planets + Persona CD/LP/Track Review Planets + Persona
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 29, 2017
Read avantNOIR CD/LP/Track Review avantNOIR
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 29, 2017
Read Peace and Love: A Tribute to Will Connell CD/LP/Track Review Peace and Love: A Tribute to Will Connell
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 28, 2017
Read "The Wild" CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 15, 2017
Read "Empty The Headbin" CD/LP/Track Review Empty The Headbin
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 15, 2016
Read "Moons" CD/LP/Track Review Moons
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 16, 2016
Read "Black Shuck" CD/LP/Track Review Black Shuck
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "Velcro Bird" CD/LP/Track Review Velcro Bird
by John Eyles
Published: September 19, 2016
Read "The Big Shake-Up" CD/LP/Track Review The Big Shake-Up
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 21, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!