238

Ken Watters Group: Southern Exposure

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
If you were expecting "Way Down upon the Swanee River," forget it. Like his first two albums with brother Harry, trumpeter Ken Watters has put together a session of post-bop material that reflects his New York City dues-payin' background.

Watters is from Alabama. This same quartet appeared on last year's Brothers II (Summit), with trombonist Harry Watters. A cohesive unit, this is Ken Watters' working group. They interpret each piece with an in-depth understanding. Watters, who plays flugelhorn on half the session, exhibits a warm lyrical approach with the kind of seamless power needed to adequately support his views. The ideas flow. Joel Frahm joins the quartet for three songs. His presence on Watters' "Pathfinder" creates a moving experience. A creative piece, chock full of impressionist scenery, the closing number summarizes the group's modern approach. With one foot in tradition and the other on the leading edge, the album's compositions & arrangements show dramatic evidence that jazz wants to grow. Watters' "April Third," with Frahm on tenor, revolves around its built-in tension to move the modern mainstream right and left. Even "Stella by Starlight" gets a facelift. James Taylor's loose-fitting "Fire & Rain" showcases drummer Jay Frederick's personal zeal. Here and throughout the session, his unique, straight-ahead touch leaves nothing to chance. A variety of textures and a willingness to go toe-to-toe with the front line make Frederick's contribution impressive. Representing the modern mainstream and its creative mixture of ideas, the Ken Watters Group makes a solid outing with Southern Exposure.


Track Listing: Jessica; Cooler on the Horizon; Both Sides Now; Stella by Starlight; We'll Be Together Again; April Third; Fire & Rain; Pathfinder.

Personnel: Ken Watters- trumpet, flugelhorn; David Marlow- piano; Roy Yarborough- acoustic bass; Jay Frederick- drums; Joel Frahm- soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone.

| Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Deeper Journey" CD/LP/Track Review Deeper Journey
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 25, 2016
Read "Sol Boricua" CD/LP/Track Review Sol Boricua
by James Nadal
Published: April 30, 2016
Read "Plays The Music Of Alvin P. Buckley" CD/LP/Track Review Plays The Music Of Alvin P. Buckley
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 16, 2016
Read "Blackwater" CD/LP/Track Review Blackwater
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn" CD/LP/Track Review Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 12, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!