The Michael Lauren All Stars: Old School / Fresh JazzBy
A bluesy take on Oliver Nelson's "More Soul" is enhanced by guitarist Nuno Ferreira's Wes Montgomery-esque leanings. The Ferreira penned "One More for The Road" is a modern arrangement that features solos by Ferreira and vibraphonist Jeffery Davis. Davis's composition, the straight forward "The Right Wrong Topic" is followed by Lauren's Afro-Cuban percussive driven "Lisboa Boogaloo," in which trumpeter Hugo Alves channels his inner Arturo Sandoval. "You Want It You Got It" is Alves's contribution; this funk-driven and groove-oriented number provides an opportunity for contrabassist Carlos Barretto to strut his stuff. Pianist Diogo Vida's "Wapita" is perhaps the band's finest triumph as an ensemble. Tenor saxophonist Jose Menezes pays homage to the airy and upbeat movie soundtracks from the 1960's with his "Virgin in Times Square." Engaging solos by Menezes and Vida also bring bounce to this fun number. All the soloists take a pleasant run through the swinging beat of "2-4" written by Carlos Azevedo. Old School/Fresh Jazz comes to a surprising and blissful conclusion with vocalist Rui Veloso delivering a sweet, soulful, and heartfelt rendition of "Song of Bernadette."
A Fresh Jazz Intro; More Soul; One More For The Road; A Fresh Jazz Drum & Saxophone Duet; The Right Wrong Topic; A Fresh Jazz Drum & Guitar Duet; Lisboa Boogaloo; A Fresh Jazz Drum & Contrabass Duet; You Want It You Got It; A Fresh Jazz Drum & Vibraphone Duet; Wapita; A Fresh Jazz Drum & Piano Duet; Virgin In Times Square; A Fresh Jazz Drum & Trumpet Duet; 2-4; Song of Bernadette.
Michael Lauren: drums & percussion; Carlos Barretto: contrabass; Diogo Vida: piano & Fender Rhodes; Hugo Alves: trumpet & flugelhorn; Jeffery Davis: vibraphone; Jose Menezes: tenor saxophone; Nuno Ferreira: guitar
Title: Old School / Fresh Jazz | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Why Not Music
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