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 June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Home" CD/LP/Track Review Home
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 10, 2016
Read "Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4" CD/LP/Track Review Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 19, 2016
Read "Monte Alban" CD/LP/Track Review Monte Alban
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 8, 2016
Read "Near Life Experience" CD/LP/Track Review Near Life Experience
by John Kelman
Published: June 27, 2016
Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" CD/LP/Track Review Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Vyamanikal" CD/LP/Track Review Vyamanikal
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 24, 2016

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!