Sean Smith is a talented bassist who has provided his music expertise for the likes of Carole Sloan and Jan Leder. A very busy man is Sean Smith. Here Smith releases a live collection of eight originals and one standard performed by his quartet. The ride here is crisp and clean.
Sean Smith’s compositional style is firmly fixed in the Post Bop movement, with the exception of straight-ahead drumming. His upbeat “Pipe Dream” and “Blues for Beans” are cleverly angular and intricate. His ballads “A Not So Sad Folk Song” and “Secret Ballad/Song Without A Lyric” show him a sensitive composer as well as performer (he opens the latter with a quite pretty arco solo). His sidemen, all Chiaroscuro Records regulars are well known to him and compliment his overall soft touch. Bill Charlap, who has led several dates with Smith accompanying him on bass, is a perfect accompanist on piano (Charlap was featured in Janet Sommer's March “Eye & Ear” column at All About Jazz ), while alto player Allen Mezquida swings with a pretty, sweet tone.
The sonics of the disc are very good as is the quantity of music provided (70+ minutes). Chiaroscuro Records was one of the last stomping grounds for Earl Hines and Mary Lou Williams. Sean Smith finds himself appropriately is such good company.
Track Listing: Pipe Dream; Minor Peace; A Not So Sad Folk Song; Quiet Debacle; Blues For Beans; Secret Ballad/Song Without A Lyric; Take The Bullet Trane; Enigma; Drop Me Off In Harlem. (Total Time: 74:56)
Personnel: Sean Smith: Bass; Allen Mezquida: Alto Saxophone; Bill Charlap; Ron Vincent: Drums.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.