119

Jimmy Weinstein: Sound Emotion

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
There are times when the music on drummer Weinstein’s album is quite pleasant, others when it’s as exasperating and elusive as the abstruse liner notes. The over–arching idea, I suppose, is to present a varied menu, and that is good; on the other hand, some of what is presented is as welcome to me as broccoli or hominy grits. Those whose tastes encompass a wider sphere may look with favor on everything at this banquet table. I prefer the meat and potatoes — “I’ll Remember April,” “Under the Bridge,” “Her Melancholy Piano” and the ballad section of the “Sound Emotion Suite,” the last three of which are among eight compositions by Weinstein (if one counts the suite as three). Tenor saxophonist Cheek, who carries much of the melodic cargo (at least on the more conventional fare), has a warm, almost Getz–like tone that is easy on the ears, but his improvisations are on the whole derivative and unexciting. Guitarist Massias, who can play charmingly when the occasion demands (on “Me! lancholy Piano,” for example), wrote the largely tedious opener, “ICSAWTS.” Completing the session is Ornette Coleman’s “Comme Il Faut,” about which I can’t comment, having never heard the original version, except to say that the slow–moving and meditative work, with its echoes of the Far East, is given a reverential if not particularly absorbing treatment. It precedes the disc’s most agreeable selection, “I’ll Remember April,” a superb chart on which everyone earns high marks. More of that and Sound Emotion would have received a much warmer reception from this reviewer.

Track listing: ICSAWTS; Under the Bridge; Heavy, Heavy; Her Melancholy Piano (for Mercedes Rossy); Fast Blues; Comme Il Faut; I’ll Remember April; Sound Emotion Suite: Fighting, Ballad, Kathy’s Theme; Chevy Chevrolette (59:27).

Personnel: Chris Cheek, tenor saxophone; Elie Massias, acoustic, electric guitars; Masa Kamaguchi, bass; Jimmy Weinstein, drums, percussion.

Contact: GM Recordings, 167 Dudley Road, Newton Centre, MA 02159 (617?332?6328).

| Record Label: GM Recordings | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert CD/LP/Track Review Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Failure of Words CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
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 "Checking Out" CD/LP/Track Review Checking Out
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 19, 2016
Read "Greatest Hits" CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Hits
by Doug Collette
Published: November 18, 2016
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Loneliness Road" CD/LP/Track Review Loneliness Road
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 11, 2017
Read "Skylines" CD/LP/Track Review Skylines
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 13, 2016
Read "Invitation" CD/LP/Track Review Invitation
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 8, 2017

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!