158

Mt. Hood Jazz Band & Combo 2006: My Foolish Heart

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Mt. Hood Jazz Band & Combo 2006: My Foolish Heart
The Mt. Hood Jazz Band is best described as an anomaly—a community college ensemble that doesn't play like one. Director Susie Jones must be given at least partial credit for that. I'd say "You're doin' a heckuva job, Susie, but there's no telling where that could lead.

Seriously, these young musicians—most of them home-grown in Oregon—are in tip-top form on the school's third impressive album in roughly the last two years, all under Jones' astute direction. Eight selections are performed by the eighteen-member Jazz Band, two by the six-piece Winter "Green Combo. Both of those numbers, "Isn't It Prime? and "Sonho, were written by the sextet's standout pianist, Andrew Washburn, who does double duty with the larger ensemble (and is tastefully featured on Sammy Nestico's ambling "88 Basie Street ).

Washburn, alto Dave Coyle and baritone Billy Gaechter are the soloists on the dynamic opener, Bob Washut's "Basso Urnesto (nicely introduced by bassist Dave Speranza), guitarist Michael Backus and tenor Sam Solano on Chuck Tumlinson's ingenious "Stellar (by Starlight), Backus and tenor Charles Holton on Gene Thorne's laid-back "Li'l James, whose resemblance to Neal Hefti's classic "Li'l Darlin' has to be more than coincidental. Bob Mintzer wrote the aptly named "Gently, on which trumpeter Wes Luttrell (muted and open) and soprano Gideon Hawkins sparkle, Matt Harris the fast-moving, bop-centered "MAS Production (no-nonsense commentary courtesy of Washburn, Backus and Speranza).

Solano's cogent tenor is center stage on "My Foolish Heart, neatly arranged by Chuck Owen, and for a change of pace, an uncredited bandoneonist enhances Astor Piazzolla's swaying "Libertango, on which Solano and Coyle are the soloists. They form an integral part of the small combo, as do Washburn, Backus, Speranza and drummer Evan Guilford. The larger ensemble's alternating drummers, Brian Sprague and Sam Henry, are splendid too, and with Washburn, Backus and Speranza comprise a potent rhythm section.

As noted, another topnotch enterprise by the MHCC ensemble, whose earlier albums, I'm New Here... and Super Blue, are also first-rate. And as they're all on Sea Breeze, they shouldn't be hard to find.

Track Listing

Basso Urnesto; Stellar; Li

Personnel

Susie Jones: director. Jazz Band: Wes Luttrell, Eli Fisher, Dustin Williams, Michael Kurtz, Sergey Bogza: trumpet; Dave Coyle: alto sax, flute, clarinet; Gideon Hawkins: alto sax, clarinet; Sam Solano: tenor sax, flute, clarinet; Charles Holton: tenor sax, clarinet; Billy Gaechter: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Josh Bennett, Matt Hutson, Chris Traylor, Alex Cook: trombone; Andrew Washburn: piano; Michael Backus: guitar; Dave Speranza: bass; Brian Sprague, Sam Henry: drums, percussion. Winter

Album information

Title: My Foolish Heart | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Sea Breeze Vista

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

All Figured Out
Derek Brown
Taftalidze Shuffle
Vlatko Stefanovski
Entendre
Nik Bartsch

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.