136

Paul Booth: No Looking Back

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
Paul Booth: No Looking Back As a sideman, British saxophonist Paul Booth has quite an impressive résumé. Since graduating with honors from London's Royal Academy of Music, the in-demand Booth has performed with the likes of Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton and the touring company of Riverdance. On No Looking Back, Booth takes on a lead role with strength and conviction, as a first-rate soloist and inventive composer.

Booth's tenor saxophone dances gracefully around the frenetically paced title track. The tune's jagged rhythmic structure—moving back and forth from odd-metered funk to swing—creates an enticing foundation where improvised ideas easily flourish. Booth's sound is forceful and focused, reminiscent of Michael Brecker's inspired edginess. Like Brecker, Booth has overwhelming technical facility. He is able to manipulate the entire range of his horn, mixing lyrical, sometimes angular phrasing with rapid-fire runs. His solos on the pseudo-samba "Andorra, the funky "Penguin Dance and the Duke Ellington ballad "Come Sunday —performed unaccompanied—stand out as exceptionally vibrant.

The disc's other main soloist is guitarist Stuart McCallum, who tears through Charles Mingus' "Better Git It in Your Soul and Booth's swinging "Cross Channel. The clean-toned guitarist has a playful approach, at once soulful and experimental. Pianist Mike Gorman plays a mainly unselfish role as sympathetic accompanist and interpreter of Booth's music. When Gorman is given the opportunity to shine, however, he proves to be a dynamic improviser. His solo on "Cross Channel is a blistering, chops-heavy romp. Bassist Phil Donkin and drummer Dave Smith add solid, steadfast support.

As an instrumentalist and composer, Booth has a wide-ranging scope. The music on No Looking Back is well-conceived, astonishingly contemporary and, as the title suggests, forward-looking.


Track Listing: No Looking Back; Andorra; Both Sides Now; Penguin Dance; Come Sunday; Better Git It in Your Soul; Interlude; Cross Channel; Such is Life; A Time For Change.

Personnel: Paul Booth: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone (9), alto flute, (1, 7, 8) bass clarinet (1, 7), melodica (7), piano (7); Mike Gorman: piano; Phil Donkin: bass; Dave Smith: drums; Stuart McCallum: guitar.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Basho Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Tournesol" CD/LP/Track Review Tournesol
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 3, 2016
Read "E.S.T. Symphony" CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 9, 2016
Read "Los Guachos V" CD/LP/Track Review Los Guachos V
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 1, 2016
Read "The Ludwigsburg Concert" CD/LP/Track Review The Ludwigsburg Concert
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 26, 2016
Read "Vars & Kaper:Deconstruction" CD/LP/Track Review Vars & Kaper:Deconstruction
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 29, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

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!

Buy it!