228

Gary Meek: Step 7

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Gary Meek: Step 7 Saxophonist Gary Meek is a Californian who has performed and recorded with the fabled Brazilian musicians, vocalist Flora Purim and percussionist Airto Moreira. Meek boasts a lengthy resume that includes stints with keyboardist Jeff Lorber, drummer Alphonse Mouzon and others. Here, Purim and Moreira continue their longtime affiliation with Meek by lending their wares to this gratifyingly fashioned program.

Meek seems equally comfortable performing in a variety of formats, witnessed by his sprightly rendition of Charlie Parker’s “Be-Bop," to complement a series of contemporary jazz frameworks. Among the highlights is Meek’s lushly romantic soprano sax work during the group’s affectionate interpretation of Chick Corea’s gorgeous piece titled, “Time’s Lie.” Whereas Ms. Purim harmonizes to the primary theme, as she did on the original rendering of this minor classic. However, Meek and co. opt for a shift in strategy by elevating this piece into an airy swing vamp.

Meek melds emotive balladry with the horn section’s bawdy choruses during the standard, “Harlem Nocturne.” Hence, the saxophonist and his band-mates communicate a cheery disposition, thanks in part to a sequence of uplifting arrangements and memorably tuneful themes. Recommended...

A440 Music Group


Track Listing: 1.Step 7 2.When Love Appears 3.Time

Personnel: Gary Meek: soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flute

Title: Step 7 | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: A440 Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Antidote CD/LP/Track Review Antidote
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 29, 2017
Read The Colours Suite CD/LP/Track Review The Colours Suite
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 29, 2017
Read Musical Journey Through Time CD/LP/Track Review Musical Journey Through Time
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 29, 2017
Read Gentle Giants CD/LP/Track Review Gentle Giants
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 29, 2017
Read The Company I Keep CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ma De Re Sha CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2016
Read "One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio" CD/LP/Track Review One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 7, 2016
Read "Risc" CD/LP/Track Review Risc
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 29, 2016
Read "First Set" CD/LP/Track Review First Set
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 29, 2016
Read "Developing Story" CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.