As a multi-talented session player, Gary Meek has worked with numerous artists who hold a deep respect for quality. His saxophones and flute are featured on Step 7, his latest recording project. Meek brings a full tone and shiny timbre to the session. He’s at his best when conversing with Flora Purim in that universal language which requires no lyrics. Airto, too, joins the ensemble with percussive scat singing to amplify his wide range of percussion tools. Meek’s flute graces several tracks, and his saxophones employ the kind of subtle intensity that recalls the adventures of Cannonball Adderley. It’s a spirit that has to come from the heart. Meek delivers as a singer would, with genuine, heartfelt emotion. Nearly half the program is original material. The leader ensures that the excitement never wanes. With Airto at the drum set, Trey Henry on the upright bass, and Christian Jacob at the piano, he’s got all the tools needed for this job. They’re united.
And then, there’s “Harlem Nocturne.” What a delight! Meek adds an all-star Los Angeles brass section for that one, as he stretches out on alto with all the strength that that piece brings automatically. His expression bubbles over. The leader and his crew are equally at home prancing through a Charlie Parker be-bop session, waltzing the blues from a roadhouse stopover, or feeling the labor of love through beachfront, bossa nova convolutions. Highly recommended. This one will lift your spirits any day of the year.
Track Listing: Step 7; When Love Appears; Time
Personnel: Gary Meek- soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute;
Trey Henry- acoustic bass; Christian Jacob- piano; Jose Neto- guitar; Airto
Moreira- drums, percussion, vocal scat; Flora Purim- vocals; Jon Gilutin-
keyboards, piano on
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.