Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!


Jim Casey: Miles Goes Wes

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Here's a straightforward album with a rather intriguing title —Miles Goes Wes, Texas-bred guitarist Jim Casey's unassuming homage to a pair of jazz icons, Messrs Davis and Montgomery. While the session lays heavy emphasis from end to end on funky backbeats and assertive percussion, Casey strives to nurture interest by varying the group size and instrumentation, traversing the gamut from quartet (Marcus Miller's "Splatch") to nonet (Davis' "So What" and Montgomery's "Angel") and using organist Bobby Sparks to apply splashes of color on five tracks.

If one is attuned to that wavelength, it's a style that should prove consistently rewarding. When, on the other hand, even Victor Young's shapely "Stella by Starlight" is given the same thumping treatment, it could be a sign that more diversity might have served well the group's collective purpose. Within those slender parameters, however, Casey and his mates give a good account of themselves, placing some generally familiar melodies on a bedrock of two-beat candor that is easy to chew on and digest.

In addition to the album's lone standard, the groups perform five compositions by Davis, three more by Montgomery, Miller's "Splatch" and "Tutu," Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's "Four" (often attributed to Davis) and John Lennon / Paul McCartney's "A Day in the Life." Sparks offers several respectable solos, as does trumpeter Steve Howard, while Casey remains for the most part in a supporting role. Saxophonists Jeff Robbins and Randy Lee Odell also weigh in from time to time, as does keyboardist Bernard Wright. It is the ensemble, however, anchored by drummers Kirk Covington, Gregg Bissonette or Jason Thomas and featuring percussionists John Bryant, Michael Medina (who triples on bass and drums) and Emily Medina that propels the enterprise unflaggingly forward.

As noted, Casey and chief arranger Frank Hames had a game plan and carry it out well. Whether that strikes a receptive chord is for the listener to decide. And don't be misled by the fact that a dozen songs are listed on the CD case's back cover, eleven on the CD itself. There are thirteen in all, and you'll find them listed correctly in the inner booklet.

Track Listing: So What; Splatch; Road Song; Solar; 4 on 6; Tutu; Nardis; Full Nelson; Stella by Starlight; Angel; Four; All Blues; A Day in the Life.

Personnel: Jim Casey: leader, guitar; Steve Howard: trumpet; Jeff Robbins: sax, flute; Randy Lee: tenor sax; Bobby Sparks: B-3 organ; Bernard Wright: keyboard, synthesizer; Frank Hames: keyboard, synthesizer, arranger; Braylon Lacy: bass; Rick Rigsby: bass; James Driscoll: bass; Kirk Covington: drums; Jason Thomas: drums; Greg Bissonette: drums; John Bryant: percussion; Michael Medina: bass, drums, percussion; Emily Medina: percussion.

Title: Miles Goes Wes | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced


comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Alleviation CD/LP/Track Review Alleviation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Last Minute Panic CD/LP/Track Review Last Minute Panic
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Murphy CD/LP/Track Review Murphy
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Haberdashery CD/LP/Track Review Haberdashery
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Song of the Silver Geese CD/LP/Track Review Song of the Silver Geese
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Live at Kolarac CD/LP/Track Review Live at Kolarac
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 18, 2017
Read "Music From Our Soul" CD/LP/Track Review Music From Our Soul
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 20, 2017
Read "How to Build a City" CD/LP/Track Review How to Build a City
by Jim Olin
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "Umbra" CD/LP/Track Review Umbra
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "Mask Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Mask Dance
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Langen ro" CD/LP/Track Review Langen ro
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 8, 2017
Read "Standard Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Standard Blue
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 7, 2017

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!