4

Jean Toussaint: Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218

Chris May By

Sign in to view read count
Most times, the transatlantic flow of jazz musicians is from east to west. Less frequently, as with Jean Toussaint's relocation from New York to London, it is contrariwise. Hot from four years as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Toussaint arrived in Britain in 1987. He soon established himself as a bandleader, and also as teacher. One of his first pupils was Ingrid Laubrock. In 2008, Laubrock made the reverse journey, setting up home in Brooklyn. She is sorely missed. You cannot have it both ways.

Live At The Jazz Café 091218 is a recording of a gig Toussaint gave in London in the last few weeks of 2018. The New Year was coming and the event packed a holiday-season vibe with Toussaint's post-Messengers, present-tense hard bop in fierce form.

The sleeve credit should really read Jean Toussaint And His Allstar 6tet, because there are seven musicians present. The lineup spans two generations of London players, from emerging woke jazz bassist Daniel Casimir, through Empirical drummer Shaney Forbes and pianist Andrew McCormack, and on to Toussaint, trumpeter Byron Wallen and trombonist Dennis Rollins. Solid ensemble players and top-drawer soloists all.

The set list includes three tracks from Toussaint's album Brother Raymond (Lyte Records, 2018), plus Wallen's "The Gatekeeper," Casimir's "The Missing Of Sleep," Toussaint's Caribbean-flavoured "Mandingo Brass" (co-written with pianist Jason Rebello) and—as a closer—onetime Messenger the late Bobby Timmons' gospel-drenched "Moanin," which sent the Jazz Café audience out into the night on an ecstatic high.

Sound quality is immaculate and Live At The Jazz Café 091218 works not only as a memento of a great evening but also as a stand-alone album.

Track Listing

CD1: Amabo (I Shall Love); The Gatekeeper; Doc; Major Changes. CD2: The Missing Of Sleep; Mandingo Brass; Moanin.

Personnel

Jean Toussaint: tenor saxophone; Byron Wallen: trumpet; Dennis Rollins: trombone; Andrew McCormack: piano; Daniel Casimir: bass; Shaney Forbes: drums; Williams Cumberbache Perez: percussion.

Album information

Title: Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218 | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Lyte Records

Watch

Tags

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.

MUSICSTACK
Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers
AMAZON
CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more
HD TRACKS
Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads
CD UNIVERSE
Specializing in music, movies and video games
REVERB
Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear

More

Read First EP
First EP
True East
Read Danzón Cubano
Danzón Cubano
Marialy Pacheco
Read Occupational Hazard
Occupational Hazard
Jacek Kochan & musiConspiracy
Read Kayleidoscope
Kayleidoscope
Kayle Brecher