A couple of alto saxophones, wailing sweet and lovely on Charles Mingus' "Nostalgia in Times Square," open up Washington, DC-based bassist Joshua Bayer's New Voice: Old Voice. The rhythm sectionBayer, drummer Luther Gray and keyboardist Bob Sykesinject a propulsive light touch into the swing; Sykes' Fender Rhodes floats in with a vibraphone-like sound.
Bayer's last effort, the fine Lines and Grooves (JazzHeads, '03), waswith the exception of Gershwin's "Prelude"an all-original quartet outing that paid tribute to a short list of jazz greats. The crisp, swinging affair featured saxophonist Marty Nau out front. For New Voice: Old Voice, the quartet remains the same, with the additon of Lyle Link on alto sax.
Half of the tunes showcase Bayer's compostional talents. The bassist/composer wields an ebullient pen, crafting upbeat, bright tunes remiscent of the Dave Brubeck or Vince Guaraldi approachthough the Brubeck feeling may come as much from the Paul Desmond "sound of a dry martini" mode that altoists Nau and Link employ. In additon to the Mingus opener, the covers include Vince Guaraldi's "Skating," Sam Rivers' "Beatrice," Scott Joplin's "Bethena's Bridge" and Jerry Bock's "Matchmaker Matchmaker."
Like Bayer's last effort, New Voice: Old Voice presents his clean, swinging, straight-ahead approach to jazz. This fresh-sounding, forward-looking disc advances a step with the addition of Lyle Link on alto.
Track Listing: Nostalgia in Times Square; Skating; Off Kilter; Matchmaker Matchmaker; New Voice; Society's
Blue; Beatrice; Bethena's Bridge; Bounce; Old Voice.
Personnel: Joshua Bayer: bass; Bob Sykes: piano and rhodes; Marty Nau: saxophone; Lyle Link:
saxophone; Luther Gray: drums.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!