Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

149

Luther Thomas & Andrew Lamb

Florence Wetzel By

Sign in to view read count
Leave it to Luther by the Luther Thomas Quartet and The Pilgrimage by the Andrew Lamb Trio, feature the talents of two saxophonists: Thomas and Lamb, respectively. Thomas, who plays alto, has recorded three previous CDs for CIMP and his latest is an appealing combination of original compositions by Hugh Steinmetz and bassist Brian Smith as well as jazz standards.

Luther Thomas
Leave it to Luther
CIMP
2004

The quartet, which includes Ethan Mann on guitar, Smith on bass and Clifford Barbaro on drums, is capable of many moods. Their renditions of "Body and Soul," "Groovin' High" and "'Round Midnight" are completely contemporary while staying true to the original spirit of the songs. "Body and Soul" is a nice duo between Thomas and Mann; The leader is an inspired lyrical player, sweet and melodic, yet he readily catches fire in his solos. "'Round Midnight" is also notable, with Thomas capturing the song's poignancy and Mann adding delicate shades of color throughout.

Of the original compositions, "Belona" is particularly winning. The melody is lighthearted and swinging and Thomas' playing fresh and joyful. Again Mann deserves mention; his guitar is sonorous and vibrant and he clearly enjoys his interplay with Thomas. Another great cut is "Up South," a high energy tune with a bluesy feel. Then there's "Leave it to Luther," where Thomas lets loose with furious, explosive lines. The CD's method of blending something old with something new generates positive heat, with Thomas' impassioned blowing and sense of adventure propelling the music forward.

Andrew Lamb
The Pilgrimage
CIMP
2004

The Pilgrimage is an aural feast, ten songs composed by Andrew Lamb, a tenor saxophonist with a lot to say and the talent to convey it. The trio is a strong group; bassist Tom Abbs has played with Lamb for over two years and drummer Andrei Strobert has been on the scene for many years, including work with Makanda Ken McIntyre and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Lamb is a strong composer and the material is uniformly excellent. Highlights include the opening cut "Ludicrous Ridiculous," the players jumping in with full energy. Lamb lets loose with vigor and imagination and Abbs is excellent, providing propulsion and passion. Another great song is "Circus Avenue," Lamb's depiction of Nantucket Island's nightlife which turns plain old Circuit Avenue into Circus Avenue. Lamb captures the energy as well as the boiling chaos of youth at night. The rest of the songs explore everything from love to the spiritual journey. Altogether the CD is an exciting flowering of sound from a gifted composer and trio.

Leave it the Luther

Tracks: 1. Leave it to Luther 2. Belona 3. Tatjana 4. Body and Soul 5. Groovin' High 6. Luther's Theme 7. Nova Zembla 8. Up South

Personnel: Luther Thomas - alto sax; Ethan Mann - guitar; Brian Smith - bass; Cliff Barbaro - drums

The Pilgrimage

Tracks: 1. Ludicrous Ridiculous 2. The Adventures of a Trained Brush 3. Voices of the Voiceless 5. Contractions 6. Mask of the Black Lamb 7. Circus Avenue 8. I Dream of a Love Song 9. Harvest of Sorts 10. Transition A1

Personnel: Andrew Lamb - tenor saxophone, mismaar; Tom Abbs - bass, tuba; Andrei Strobert - drums

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser Multiple Reviews Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser
by John Eyles
Published: January 23, 2018
Read Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money Multiple Reviews Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money
by Doug Collette
Published: December 29, 2017
Read Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation Multiple Reviews Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez...
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 27, 2017
Read Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa Multiple Reviews Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa
by Doug Collette
Published: December 23, 2017
Read The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute) and To Bonnie From Delaney Multiple Reviews The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute)...
by Doug Collette
Published: December 23, 2017
Read Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile Multiple Reviews Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile
by Doug Collette
Published: December 17, 2017
Read "Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money" Multiple Reviews Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money
by Doug Collette
Published: December 29, 2017
Read "Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain" Multiple Reviews Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 12, 2017
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 "Green Mountain Jazz" Multiple Reviews Green Mountain Jazz
by Doug Collette
Published: July 24, 2017
Read "Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser" Multiple Reviews Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser
by John Eyles
Published: January 23, 2018