318

Louis Hayes: The Time Keeper & Off The Cuff

By

Sign in to view read count








Louis Hayes

The Timekeeper

18th & Vine

2009


Rick Germanson

Off the Cuff

Owl Studios

2009


Louis Hayes still ranks among the few hard bop legends that emerged during the '50s and '60s who still contribute to the contemporary jazz scene. Perhaps his most famous association was with Horace Silver but his next major gig arrived as part of Cannonball Adderley's ensemble, resulting in a collaboration that would influence his career to present-day as leader of the Cannonball Legacy Band.

Hayes' The Time Keeper serves as the drummer's first project as a leader in quite some time and it results in 50 minutes of top quality hard bop. Supported by Abraham Burton (sax), Helio Alves (piano) and Santi Debriano (bass), Hayes' combo begins with an original number by the drummer called "Check In"; it's a pounding, relatively quick, up-tempo jaunt proving Hayes' chops haven't diminished one bit.

Vibraphonist Steve Nelson joins the group on four selections, notably the laid back Horace Silver composition "Peace," which Hayes originally recorded with Silver on the 1959 Blue Note Classic Blowin' the Blues Away. Along with more familiar favorites by Silver, Matt Dennis and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the combo also explores originals by Burton and Debriano, resulting in an eclectic program that begs for Hayes to take the lead more often.

Hayes returns to his familiar role as a sideman on fellow Legacy Band-member Rick Germanson's Off the Cuff, a trio with bassist Gerald Cannon. It features a number of ballads, including a lovely, slowed-down interpretation of the late Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring," for which Hayes reportedly skipped Hubbard's recent funeral service to record.

The group also explores a handful of Germanson originals, including "Jill's Dream," a moving, medium-tempo swinger dedicated to the leader's late sister. The highlight, however, arrives in the form of an extended reading of Burt Bacharach's seldom-covered gem "Wives and Lovers". After stating the unforgettable theme, all the players are given a chance to stretch out a bit and even after nearly eight minutes, listeners will find themselves craving more.

Tracks and Personnel



The Timekeeper

Tracks: Alani's World; Double Rainbow; The Preacher; Save Yourself; Check In; It's to You; Abellino; Peace; Angel Eyes.

Personnel: Louis Hayes: drums; Abraham Burton: saxophone; Steve Nelson: vibraphone; Santi DeBriano: bass.



Off the Cuff

Tracks: Quagmire; Jill's Song; Daytona; Up Jumped Spring; This Time The Dream's On Me; Wives and Lovers; The Way of Water; Autumn In New York; Brick; Any Thoughts?.

Personnel: Rick Germanson: piano; Gerald Cannon: bass; Louis Hayes: drums.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio Multiple Reviews The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 12, 2017
Read Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment Multiple Reviews Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 2, 2017
Read Roots In The Green Mountains Multiple Reviews Roots In The Green Mountains
by Doug Collette
Published: July 29, 2017
Read Green Mountain Jazz Multiple Reviews Green Mountain Jazz
by Doug Collette
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Guitars on Three Continents Multiple Reviews Guitars on Three Continents
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 16, 2017
Read Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana Multiple Reviews Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights" Multiple Reviews 440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 21, 2017
Read "Blues Deluxe 2" Multiple Reviews Blues Deluxe 2
by Doug Collette
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "Allison Miller & Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel" Multiple Reviews Allison Miller & Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel
by Doug Collette
Published: November 4, 2016
Read "Guitars on Three Continents" Multiple Reviews Guitars on Three Continents
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 16, 2017
Read "Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad" Multiple Reviews Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad
by Dave Wayne
Published: December 20, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.