135

Mark Towns: Passion

Javier AQ Ortiz By

Sign in to view read count
Mark Towns: Passion Guitarist Mark Towns releases his second recording, after his Flamenco Jazz Latino, joined once again by special guest Hubert Laws. Although the former Mongo SantamarÃ-a flutist is the most acknowledged player in the recording, the rest of the ensemble has some nice surprises in stow for the listener. Simply stated, this is quite a pleasant disk with the heated percussive inevitability of an expertly overdubbed full Latin percussion section...with trap drums in a couple of the cuts...piano, bass and Towns himself playing guitar.



"Desert Flower, features Laws in a mid-tempo jam alongside the leader and both issue alert, tight, and enjoyable lines. One, however, must realize the tightness of the ensemble behind them. Furthermore, this straight-up-jazzed-instrumental guaguancó is but one of various danceable cuts. Followed by a flamenco influenced piece entitled "Ever After ...that has danzón elements before segueing into a cha-like march ideally suited for Laws...Towns unassuming comping highlights a date with melodic material that tends to stick with you.



The opener, though, is the first surprising taste of pianist Rainel Pino. The cat plays. Obviously updated with contemporary Latin pianistic styles, yet tastefully restrained, tight, and a team player's spirit, he's quite attractive and sensitive in "Orange & Blue. Its swing is deceivingly driving and the bass is so molasses-like thick that it borders on funny at times. Towns splashes his way with fluid swing and percussive finesse in a radio friendly jazz performance that would arouse interest from a wide range of audiences. Going back to Pino, however, the timbaesque "Spanish Funk is decidedly driven by him and Colombia's Grupo Niche Jorge "Cro Cro Orta who certainly se curó recording material in a style he seldom gets to record. Pino's solo in the aforementioned is hot as ajÃ-.



Towns's Passion is also romantic and suave...as in "Miel. Even so, the honey is the rum & spices type...



Note: The scant vocals in the opener are unnecessary, and should be translated as "Recoge las piezas rather than "Levanta las piezas.



Contact: Please contact Mark Towns through the web.


Track Listing: 1. Pick Up the Pieces (Mark Towns) 2. Desert Flower (Mark Towns) 3. Ever After (Mark Towns) 4. Star Light (Mark Towns) 5. Orange & Blue (Mark Towns) 6. Spanish Funk (Mark Towns) 7. Miel (Mark Towns) 8. Espacio (Mark Towns) 9. Rainy Night (Mark Towns)

Personnel: Mark Towns: Guitar. Rainel Pino: Piano. An

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Salongo Records | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "I Long To See You" CD/LP/Track Review I Long To See You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 6, 2016
Read "Concerto para Moviola" CD/LP/Track Review Concerto para Moviola
by Edward Blanco
Published: July 2, 2016
Read "Blackwater" CD/LP/Track Review Blackwater
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "The Declaration of Musical Independence" CD/LP/Track Review The Declaration of Musical Independence
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 25, 2016
Read "Jambú" CD/LP/Track Review Jambú
by Joe Gatto
Published: February 13, 2017
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017

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!