292

John Beasley: One Live Night

Gina Vodegel By

Sign in to view read count
John Beasley: One Live Night
Labels aren't really relevant to John Beasley's new release. His music ranges from modern jazz to free improvisation and fusion, with a funk groove at times. As a musician/composer/arranger and producer he likes to work in various areas, whether it's producing American Idol or nailing down the sound for a less conspicuous project he's got going. Based in the Los Angeles area, he just as easily finds himself working amidst the East Coast mentality of New York or the hectic pace he encounters in Japan. The influences translate in his music.

One Live Night was recorded live at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles and it illustrates the vibes and grooves of musical minds and spirits meeting. You can hear the audience respond to exhilarating moments; you can feel the musicians communicate. There's an interesting gathering of friends and colleagues here, including tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, known for his work in Jay Leno's Tonight Show band and collaborations with established musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, and Freddie Hubbard. Drummer Gary Novak has toured with Alanis Morissette and worked with Chick Corea, Michael McDonald, and Maynard Ferguson; he learned his chops growing up in Chicago, the musical habitat of his father, pianist Larry Novak. Dave Carpenter, a renowned sideman to many in the music industry, takes care of the electric bass, while virtuoso bassist Carlos Del Puerto rules the acoustic instrument.

The first track, "Thorn of a White Rose," features Ralph Moore as the perfect host introducing the others in this cast of musicians, building phrases circling the theme that lead to cleverly put "one liners" and exclamation marks on bass, keyboards, and drums. It's as if you can hear them tune into one another, blending the levels and grounds they're travelling as individual musicians while joining in this collective experience.

However, John Beasley's impressionistic signature and abstract nature reign, along with the funk and groove he also abides by with ease and intuition. His Fender Rhodes playing is tastefully lush on "Gahala," there's passion and rhythm in Wayne Shorter's "Parapheralia," "You Should Know" alludes to scenes of life and conversations we've all experienced one way or another, and it's impossible to ignore the absolute groove in "Altogether Marvelous," communicating a sense of desire and longing for days gone by. Ralph Moore sticks to his tune in "Less Mister Yes," a composition that highlights Beasley's connection with the cinematic language of film. Part Two dares the listener to be taken away in this spiral of sound and vision.

One Live Night is a pleasant and interesting collection of different moods, meanings, skills, and colors. It provides room for individuality as well as group interaction. It's bass, beat, and Beas talking, turning listeners inwards—or outwards, when giving in to the real danceable tracks that hold a promise for the freakier among us. Get up, give in, dance, and completely lose yourself listening here! It's worth it.

Track Listing

Introduction; Thorn of a White Rose; Galaha; Paraphernalia; You Should Know; Altogether Marvelous; Less Mister Yes pt 1; Less Mister Yes pt 2.

Personnel

Ralph Moore: tenor saxophone; Dave Carpenter: electric bass; Gary Novak: drums; Carlos Del Puerto: acoustic bass; Kevin Richard: chekere, tambourine; John Beasley: Fender Rhodes Piano, CPU.

Album information

Title: One Live Night | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Self Produced

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read West Meets East
West Meets East
Adam Shulman Septet
Read Fela's First
Fela's First
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers
Read The Rise Up
The Rise Up
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Read New York Moment
New York Moment
JC Hopkins Biggish Band

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place 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 effort that will help musicians 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 bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

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