Tom McCormick: South Beat
The Latin sound is in full swing on the sizzling "Iridescence" with Costa Rican-born drummer Carlomagno Araya and percussionist Edwin Bonilla delivering the beat on this piece. The sounds of Brasil come out in high gear on the gorgeous original "User Friendly" while Coltrane's immortal "Naima" and Silver's classic "Barbara," both receive new arrangements making these warn-out standards sound almost anew. The same may also be said of the Victor Young/ Ned Washington standard "My Foolish Heart" that becomes a feature for McCormick's soft-sounding tenor as he beautifully delivers the tender moments of the disc.
The last two originals, "Blue Cha" and "Feel The Spirit" provide more of the Latin flavor with the latter, taking on a funkier texture before the session ends on an unusual rendition of the time-honored standard "Alone Together," which the saxophonist rearranges into a swinging Latin jazz number that works perfectly here. Delivering the swinging sounds of Latin, Brazilian and funk-infused music, South Beat is one amazing album from unheralded saxophonist Tom McCormick. The music is aggressive, enthralling and full of energy, a breakout musical statement sure to move some shoulders and hips on South Beach and beyond.
South Beat; Iridescence; Mantra; User Friendly; Naima; Barbara; My Foolish Heart; Blue Cha; Feel the Spirit; Alone Together.
Tom McCormick: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute; Pete Wallace: piano; Nicky Orta: electric bass (1, 2, 4, 8, 10); Eric England: acoustic bass, electric bass (3, 5, 6, 7, 9); Carlomagano Araya: drums, percussion (1, 2, 4, 8, 10); David Chiverton: drums (3, 5, 6, 7, 9); Edwin Bonilla: congas, bongo; Humberto Ibarra: guiro; Doug Michels: trumpet, flugelhorn; John Kricker: trombone; Jonathan Kreisberg: guitar (3); Leo Quintero: guitar (9); John Lovell: trumpet, flugelhorn (1, 2, 6, 8, 10).