167

Randy Sandke and the Inside Out Jazz Collective: Mainstream Meets the New Music

By

Sign in to view read count
Randy Sandke and the Inside Out Jazz Collective: Mainstream Meets the New Music Nagel Heyer does something very interesting with this album by putting togther musicians from two schools of jazz. There's the more traditional swing, classic jazz of leader Randy Sandke, Scott Robinson and Ken Peplowski combing efforts with the decidedly modern group of players headed by Marty Ehrlich, Ray Anderson and Uri Caine.

The result is some decidedly different mix of sounds laid down on the same tracks. This is apparent right from the outset with "Like I Said" which kicks off with a modern understated motif before Sandke and his crew arrive in the scene to take the music down the swing lane, led by the Sandke trumpet. But the scenery changes as Marty Ehrlich kicks in with his bass clarinet before giving way to the almost classic jazz trombone of Wycliffe Gordon.

"Inside Out" has the feel of an updated version of "Slaughter on 10th Avenue," once more with both sides working their ideas. This time Sandke is joined by Peplowski and Robinson, with the old meeting the new in the persons of Ehlrich, Anderson, and Caine. Ehrlich explores the possibilities of the soprano sax and Anderson shows his cunning with the modern trombone. Anderson also shows he can play "old" style on a swinging "Sisyphus Effect."

As one might anticipate, Uri Caine's "Whispers in the Night" borders on the classical mode of music and in a way, offers a case of role reversal. Sandke is by no means a novice when it comes to modern compositions. His probing, thrusting, jagged trumpet offers an unsettling counterpoint to Robinson's soprano. The one non-original on the musical agenda, Ellington's "Creole Love Song," is a welcome island in this sea of modern jazz. It's played straightforward with the opening recalling Bubber Miley's trumpet before Robinson steps in with the electronically contrived theremin. The proceedings eventually return to the original arrangement with the emphasis on reeds, horns and melody.

Make no mistake about it, this is album is a shaker, mixed with diverse type of music and musicians—and it works only because all of them have the ability to play just about any style of jazz with anybody of like skills. A recommended adventure.


Track Listing: Like I Said; Creole Love Call; Simple Pleasure; Comet Cal; Whispers in the Night; Sisyphus Effect; Inside Out; Plumbing the Depths; Sforzando; D. T.; Sam Bone; Trapianti di Scimmina

Personnel: Sandke, Randy - Leader, Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Scott Robinson - Soprano, Baritone, Contrabass Sax; Flute, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet; Marty Ehrlich - Soprano Sax, Clarinet,; Ken Peplowski - Clarinet, Tenor Sax; Ray Anderson - Trombone; Uri Caine - Piano; Greg Cohen - Bass; Dennis Mackrell - Drums

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Nagel Heyer Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Cuts" CD/LP/Track Review Cuts
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Tournesol" CD/LP/Track Review Tournesol
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 3, 2016
Read "Rhythm and Romance" CD/LP/Track Review Rhythm and Romance
by Jeff Winbush
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "That Feelin'" CD/LP/Track Review That Feelin'
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "Starer" CD/LP/Track Review Starer
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 26, 2016
Read "Furiously Dreaming" CD/LP/Track Review Furiously Dreaming
by Dave Wayne
Published: July 1, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

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!

Buy it!