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I like the sense of purpose and accomplishment of this effort by pianist/composer Paul Serrato and his group on seven compositions, all original except for Miles Davis' "Solar." Serrato is a midwesterner transplanted to the New York music scene and has developed an effective sound in which the Latin percussion of Henry Morales on conga and quinto add to what he feels is a "gritty reflection of the urban landscape." The use of the percussionist reminds me of the work of someone like Ray Barretto in the late 1950s and early 60s when his appearance added some spice to several mainstream small combo recordings.
Serrato has titled this album after the Japanese art of paper folding in which the respective folds and creases eventually results in a single object. His analogy with these compositions is that although using components of world music, the end product is blues- and jazz-oriented. I'm not so sure that all of this rationalization is necessary. With the exception of the final track, "I'm Starting All Over Again," with a vocal from gospel singer L.D. Frazier, all of the tunes have the same feel to them, which is a bluesy, mid-tempo suite in which there is minimal disruption of mood and pacing. Perhaps this could be a problem for listeners expecting a variety of style/tempo. However, I rather enjoy the moodpiece aspect that results. Returning to the above comparison, the session reminds me of the Manteca date on Prestige with the Red Garland Trio featuring Ray Barretto in 1958, which largely featured funky blues performances from the group, in addition to the up-tempo title track.
With the exception of the closing track, which does nothing to add to the origami of the finished product, Origami provides a fifty minute excursion into the urban landscape that Serrato describes. Reggie Pittman provides some excellent trumpet and flugelhorn statements helping to maintain an after hours feel, and Serrato sings the lyrics to "Corona Carlos" in a hipster fashion.
Track Listing: Groove Move, Corona Carlos, Solar, Origami, Who Are You?, Open 24 Hours, I'm Starting All Over.
Personnel: Paul Serrato, piano, Yamaha P-80; Reggie Pittman, trumpet, flugelhorn; Bryce Sebastien, bass; Kevin Twigg, drums; Henry Morales, congas, quinto; L.D.Frazier,vocal(I'm Starting All Over Again).
I love jazz because when I was a kid pop music was bland, plain, uneventful until one day I heard a tune on a juke box entitled Jump Red Jump By Tenor Saxophonist Red Prysock brother of Arthur Prysock
I love jazz because when I was a kid pop music was bland, plain, uneventful until one day I heard a tune on a juke box entitled Jump Red Jump By Tenor Saxophonist Red Prysock brother of Arthur Prysock. It was love at first sight . This was when Blues, Soul / Gospel Style Music was becoming popular amongst kids as well as hip adults and featured Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner and The Payola era DJ's such as Alan Freed. Not many people remember that Freed's Rock n Roll Band of the 1950's was The Count Basie Orchestra featuring the Guy Singer Tony Bennett (Anthony DiBenedetto) who grew up in Astoria, NYNY right next to my Home Town Jackson Heights NYNY.
I was first exposed to jazz when I heard Red Prysock, Sam The Man Taylor & groups like the Chord Cats recording of Shaboom! It made the Crew Cuts look LAME! Now Jazz, Blues, Soul, Gospel was pretty much joined at the hip back then and I learned that the tasteful Music was featured on The African American Radio Stations which led me to DJ's Like The Bruce, Jocko Henderson, Tommy Dr. Jive Smalls and eventually Symphony Sid Torin, China Valles and Len Pace. This all took place during my high school years and the following years in NYNY and South Florida. I actually flew to Copenhagen Denmark in 1961 to see Stan Getz, (One of my top 3 heroes in the Music Bird, Pres & Getz not necessarily in that order). Sadly Getz had already left town and snuck back into NYNY where he played Birdland (Undoubtedly without a cabaret card due to smack addiction.) No problem for me as I worked for Pan American Airways at the time and enjoyed a 90% Employee Discount.
I met Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton, Warne Marsh, Lenny Tristano, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Dr. Lonnie Smith, among many others over the years.
The best show I ever attended was The Randall's Island Jazz Festival NYNY 1960. Monk & Edward Ellington Kennedy AKA Duke, starred among numerous others. I can not recall the entire Line Up but Monk brought along his Hat Collection which at the time contained I believe he told me 33 or 35 international Hats which he periodically changed often during his Solos. I have been unable to find that roster for that particular festival and since it was long ago I remember mostly Monk & Duke. Paul Gonsalvas played his legendary trademark twenty something chorus solo in between Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue which was outstanding.
The first jazz record I bought was Firstly, my Bro George was / is a Marine and he sent home his wax collection of LP's from Camp Pendleton CA before deploying to Okinawa in 1956 I think. Bird, Getz, Mulligan & Baker, Erroll Garner, Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Jazz at Newport 1956 and many more. I fell in love with Bird, Getz and Jeru & Chet for openers. Pres to my mind takes the all time Tenor Award and Budo, Piano etc.! However I digress Getz Long Island Sound and every other Getz record that I could find that was 1957 by then and I snuck in to Birdland for the First of many times before I was 18 ( Legal drinking age back then) It wasn't until just after my 18th Birthday that I was carded much to the bouncers chagrin as he recognized me as having being an established customer by then.
My advice to new listeners: Listen to the Music and keep it in the forefront not the background. A Local Band Leader whose name escapes me once said to me Jerry you can make time for the chicks later the Music is in the now and is more important than chicks ever will be. He was correct!
Next see live performances and introduce yourself to the Players most of whom will be respectful. Some, however, are unapproachable such as when I saw Miles so many times but his obvious disdain for certain fans was evident and he always walked off the stage after soloing. (Eddie Jefferson sang words to So What that so indicated this)!