Jesse Andrus' debut disc for DBK Jazz is a Latin-flavored tribute to great tenor saxophone players. I do not specify which ones because they become obvious when coursing through this clever collection of standards and originals. Andrus is a multi-reed instrumentalist who manages the tenor and above, plus the flute, deftly.
This recording is fueled by the percussion expertise of Edgardo Cintron, another date leader from the DBK Jazz house band. Latin Jazz or jazz played in the Latin style always has percussion and rhythm at the forefront of the mix. Speaking of the mix, all of the DBK Jazz discs I have listened to or reviewed have had pristine sonics. This disc is no exception. It absolutely crackles. Almost too much. Soy Califa, like the other DBK Jazz discs are impeccably engineered.
The Tenor Songbook.
"Soy Califa" is only the beginning of this tenor orgy. Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz", "As Time Goes By" (another Gordon vehicle), and "Desafinado", ala Stan Getz. The disc contains two additional Jobim songs ("Dindi" and "Once I Loved") and two originals. Jesse Andrus is equally adept on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones as well as flute. All are in evidence on this fine Latin disc. Recommended.
Soy Califa, Summer Sunrise, Tanya, Dindi, Freedom Jazz Dance, Once I Loved, Reflections, Desafinado, As Time Goes By, Green Dolphin Street.
Jesse Andrus: Tenor, Alto, Soprano Saxophones, and Flute. Edgardo A. Cintron: Timbales, Conga, and Percussion. Pablo Babtista: Congas, Percussion. Noel Cintron: Bongos, Percussion. Demitrius Pappas: Piano. Chico Huff: Bass. Jeff Von Stenz: Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Myron Williams: Drums. Mike Ianieri: Guitar Bass and Organ.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!