Sleek and sophisticated, Jackie Messina's Necessary Arrangements proves a thoughtfully considered collection of standards, to be sure, but not the frontline warhorses one might expect. In addition to an inventive repertoire, vocalist Messina opts for a pared-down band with only a harmonica as a front solo instrument augmenting the classic piano trio. This format allows Messina's superb mezzo voice to be properly heard within the confines of these smartly selected songs. The project greatly benefits from the inclusion of pianist Bruce Barth, whose expansive piano palette provides Messina's deft arrangements a solid grounding.
This recording benefits from the spare simple, but elegant instrumental support. Cliff Barbaro's drumming is wonderfully understated, never getting in the way of the vocalist and Will Galison's harmonica as the sole melody and solo instrument adds a focus to the grace and thoughtfulness that went in to this collection. The repertoire is simply a celebration with the inclusion of "Inch Worm," "I Feel Pretty," and "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," all still fresh and not historically interpreted to death. The presentation of these minor standards can only be termed, "pristine" and "crystalline" as reflected in Messina's excellent delivery and musical arrangements. Good show, Jackie Messina...here's too many more!
Track Listing: Inchworm #1; I Feel Pretty #2; Easy Street #3; Wild Is The Wind:4; Quiet
Now #5; Little B's Poem #6; Surrey With the Fringe On the Top #7; I Believe
In You #8; I'm A Fool To Want You #9; Baltimore Oriole #10; Alfie #11; Slow,
Hot Wind #12; Show Me #13
Personnel: Bruce Barth, piano; Will Galison, harmonica; Paul Beaudry, bass; Ed Howard,
bass; Cliff Barbaro, drums
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.