Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

4

John Barron: Moods

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Bassist John Barron, now home-ported in Detroit, Michigan, offers up Moods, a pared-down-to-the-essentials, mostly quartet affair, featuring a tight guitar/bass/keyboards rhythm sound. What strikes the ear from the get-go are the deep grooves, the likeable, engaging melodies and the sharp, uncluttered delivery of the statement.

Opening this set of all-Barron-originals is "Thanks For Nothin,'" a crisp garage-rock rumination that seems meant to get the crowd up onto the dance floor. The band displays a quartet-of-equals vibe, with a mix that showcases a clean separation of instrument inputs, and a soulful and seamless group dynamic. "Tommy Boy," recalls Wes Montgomery, with Dale Grisa's keyboards injecting a light sparkle behind Kris Gurawa's guitar lines.

Barron, who has "performed with [Motown legends] The Contours" on his resume, brings a Motown Records mood into the set with"Out On Loan." The tune is an upbeat, light-hearted, happy-sounding gem.

"Consolation" introduces vocalist Jill Jack to the mix, with a dreamily beautiful ballad, and "As With All Things" adds another danceable interlude, with popping bass lines and percolating percussion.

Barron closes out the set by stepping out in front, playing an inward-looking melody with a gorgeous, ringing tone, wrapping up the bright and straight-through engaging package with style and grace.

Track Listing: Thanks For Nothin'; Tommy Boy; Moods; Out On Loan; Consolation; As With All Things; Giving In; Figment; Ours To Shape.

Personnel: John Barron: upright and electric bass; Dale Grisa: keyboards (1-5, 7, 8); Kris Kurzawa: guitar: 1-3, 5, 7, 8); Ron Pangborn: drums (1-5, 7, 8); Sven Anderson: keyboard (6); Larry Fratangelo: percussion (6); Jil Jack: vocals (5).

Title: Moods | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Album Reviews
  • Moods by Dan McClenaghan
Read more articles
Moods

Moods

Self Produced
2018

buy

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969 Album Reviews
Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969
By Doug Collette
January 19, 2019
Read Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition Album Reviews
Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition
By Doug Collette
January 19, 2019
Read Circuits Album Reviews
Circuits
By Sammy Stein
January 19, 2019
Read MPS: 50 Years Album Reviews
MPS: 50 Years
By Chris M. Slawecki
January 19, 2019
Read East Of The Sun Album Reviews
East Of The Sun
By David A. Orthmann
January 18, 2019
Read Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz Album Reviews
Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz
By Mark Corroto
January 18, 2019
Read Rhythm Kaleidoscope Album Reviews
Rhythm Kaleidoscope
By Troy Dostert
January 18, 2019