This is drummer Matt Jorgensen's second album for Seattle's Origin label - - the first The Road Begins Here was released last year. Again working in a quintet format, with Phil Sparks and Marc Seales as holdovers from the initial outing, Jorgensen addresses a set of original compositions along with a mixed set of works running from pieces by John Coltrane to Burt Bacharach. The horn players for this session are altoist Mark Taylor and tenor man Rob Davis both of whom get unconventional sounds, soothing and discordant, out of their horns on such cuts as "Tumbleweed". The horns become even more spine tingling played in tandem with Seales' Fender Rhodes on "Everything in Its Right Place", helping to set up a scenario of highly creative tension for this track. After the first three tracks I felt a certain sameness in the music setting in. While the pieces were different, they were characterized by a sense of introspection or lethargy, depending on one's mood at the time. Then comes "India" with the group letting out all the artful stops, led by Taylor and Seales. This cut simply lifts the spirits and whets the appetite for the rest of the CD, which is worth the whetting for. "The Look of Love" is appropriately romantic while "Ballad for John" is the model of a contemporary ballad, flowing, yet not predictable, with just a touch of dissonance reflecting the often dysfunctional relationships younger generations often find themselves in. The album's coda, the Lennon/McCartney "Tomorrow Never Knows" is a good example of the quiet leadership (quiet silence?) that drummer Jorgensen exhibits through the session. He manages to keep the music moving along at a good pace, without intruding on the work of his playing mates. This is an ability not often found among contemporary drum leaders. This album is another winner for Origin. You can find out more on Origin and Matt Jorgensen at www.originarts.com and http://www.mj451.com/, respectively.
Track Listing: Fog; Everything in Its Right Place; Tumbleweed; India; Blessing; Quiet Silence; The Look of Love; Ballad for John; Tomorrow Never Knows
Personnel: Mark Taylor - Alto Sax; Rob Davis - Tenor Sax; Marc Seales - Fender Rhodes; Phil Sparks - Bass; Matt Jorgensen - Drums/leader
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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