177

Buck Hill: Relax

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Buck Hill: Relax Time has not effaced the grace or diminished the power of Buck Hill, who returns after a fifteen-year absence with this remarkable new recording. The tenor man recruited two old bandmates, Jerry Jones (drums) and John Ozment (Hammond A100), plus Paul Pieper (guitar), to create music that breathes passion and invention into every song.

Hill, who is 78, still has command over his instrument. He does not waste a note, investing each one with a clear idea and making it the harbinger for the next. His band works in tight cleave with him, but when it comes time for someone to step out for a solo, each player brings in fresh ideas.

The band wastes no time. They get started right off the bat with "RH Blues (the "R stands for Roger, his given name), a bebop tune heated by Hill. He fills his phrases with a controlled, earthy power; Pieper adds some blazing guitar lines, the perfect lead-in for the Hammond of Ozment. Having set the mood, the band goes into different territorial ambit, including the Brazilian adornment of "Little Bossa. This floats nicely, a sway to the rhythm articulated by Hill and embellished by Ozment.

Hill commands the stage with "Sad Ones. His melancholy tone is saturated with feeling, each line intense and throbbing. Add his tonal variations and shifts of timbre, and this becomes a treat for the mind and the heart. "Relax is a downright dirty blues, at first swinging and later given a robust strut by Hill. The Hammond adds to the lure, the burn slow but sure.

This is a welcome return. This "mailman sure knows how to deliver the goods!

Track Listing: RH Blues; Relax; Old Folks; Little Bossa; Flamenco Sketches; Prancing; Milestones; Sad Ones.

Personnel: Buck Hill: tenor saxophone; John Ozment: Hammond A100; Paul Pieper: guitar; Jerry Jones: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Severn Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
  • Relax by AAJ Italy Staff
Profiles
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Two CD/LP/Track Review Two
by Joe Gatto
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand CD/LP/Track Review Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "In Tokyo, Japan" CD/LP/Track Review In Tokyo, Japan
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 16, 2016
Read "And to the Republic" CD/LP/Track Review And to the Republic
by Mark F. Turner
Published: October 12, 2016
Read "Serenity Knolls" CD/LP/Track Review Serenity Knolls
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 14, 2017
Read "Antenna" CD/LP/Track Review Antenna
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "Ashé" CD/LP/Track Review Ashé
by James Nadal
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Beauty Within" CD/LP/Track Review Beauty Within
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 3, 2016
comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!