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'Millennium Montuno' ..A nice, easygoing Latin tune featuring Michael Rose's idea filled solo and Caine's strong trumpet effort. 'Bop-a-Licious'..And it bops along happily with a cool Baritone solo by Peter Aplanalp coupled with Manning's Coltrane like Tenor trip. 'Past Imperfect'...Charlie Parker would have loved the brush work by Drummer Willie McNeil on this number, Bird said the brushes should embrace the snare on ballads.This was impeccable Drum accompaniment, An extraordinary Trumpet solo by Caine, exquisitely constructed, it was the final ingredient on this fine piece. 'Le Supercool'..This is Elliott Caine at his best, in Be-Bop land, swinging along and reminiscing musically about Clifford Brown a bit...The Bass of Bill Markus came through strongly and Rose's Tenor and Aplanalp's baritone added cool finishing touches. This Disc is getting a lot of air time and deservedly so. Fine production and strong performances make it a most worthwhile addition to any jazz collection. All songs composed and arranged by Elliott Caine, and Caine is sure Able on this one
Track Listing: Millennium Montuno, Bop-a-Licious,Bossa for Bert,Indiana Avenue,Past Imperfect,Blues for Tito,Le Supercool,3 for Lei,Now and Here.
Personnel: Eliott Caine, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Michael Rose, Tenor, Peter Aplanalp, Baritone, Justin Reinhardt, Piano, Trevor Ware or Bill Markus, Bass, Joel Alpers or Willie McNeil, Drums/Percussion...With Guests, Ramon Banda, Congas..Chuck Manning and Justo Almario, Tenors..Greg Kurstin, Organ..Anthony Wilson, Guitar..David Ralicke, Bartone.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.