A one-time highly respected sideman and improviser in the San Francisco area, guitarist Dave Haskell put most of these activities on hold after becoming a commercial airline pilot. After hanging up his wings, the artist re-enters the scene with his tight-knit core band and garners the expertise of prominent West Coast musicians, guitarist Robben Ford, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Toss Panos, appearing on select tracks. Perhaps residing a bit within the jazz-fusion lite schema, the artist doesn't pursue technical gymnastics or high volume endeavors. It's largely about employing taste, and compositional depth amid some pop and sizzle in choice spots.
Ferrante, Ford, Haslip and Panos man the helm on "Monty," which rings like an ode to jazz guitar great, Wes Montgomery. Here, the guitarists design their activities atop a 4/4 vamp and other metrics, accented by Panos' snappy Latin-centric rim-shots. Ferrante, performing on the Fender Rhodes, comps and shades the guitarists' laconic counter-melodies and soloing spots, distinctly separated on the left and right channels. They infuse bluesy inferences and recoiling single note licks to parallel Montgomery-like chord solos, displaying serious jazz chops along the way.
Track Listing: 1. Agnes 2. For Barack 3. Mamba Samba 4. An Orchid For Emily
5. Second Look 6. Thirty West By Seventy ('o Something Hundred)
7. 888 Watson 8. For The Moment 9. Monty 10. Eye Of The Hurricane
Personnel: Dave Haskell: guitars; Robben Ford: guitar; Russell Ferrante: Fender Rhodes, keyboards; Jimmy Haslip: bass; Toss Panos: drums.
Year Released: 2013
| Record Label: Coastal Sky Productions
| Style: Modern Jazz
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!