Bill Carrothers: Red PlanetBy
Yet for all practical purposes, Carrothers is far from a household name in jazz households. Hopefully the extended themes, blurred overtones, and crisp, warm playing of Red Planet, on the Twin Cities-based Shifting Paradigm Records, brings his affinity for the masters and his ability to adapt the best of the modern into a stronger focus. Recorded with Minneapolis lynchpinsguitarist Dean Magraw, bassist Chris Bates and drummer Jay EpsteinRed Planet sizzles and swings. John Coltrane's "Living Space" shifts wondrously from intense guitar workout to an out-and-out hard bop revelry. The opening "Ann R Chi Suite" sounds and feels like it can morph into anything at the drop of a dime and usually does. And that's the tricky thing about the whole of Red Planet: just when you think it might go off the rails following Monk on two tracks and then Sammy Cahn, and on another the quartet's own lanky compositions, it all heads together remarkably for many compelling listens.
Ann R Chi Suite; Big Nick; Come Dance With Me; Unseen Rain; Living Space; Music Is a Weapon of Hope and Healing; La Luna; Freedom for the Broken; Reflections; Think of One.
Bill Carrothers: piano; Dean Magraw: guitar; Chris Bates: bass; Jay Epstein: drums
Title: Red Planet | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
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