All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

224

Steve Marcus: Steve Marcus Project

Ivana Ng By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Steve Marcus: Steve Marcus Project Steve Marcus Project contains some of the tenor and soprano saxophonist's last recorded performances (he died in October 2005), but oddly opens with "Oleo, recorded by his sidemen—guitarist Bill Bickford, bassist Rick Petrone and percussionist Joe Corsello—without him. The fact that Marcus does not play on the first track sets a certain tone; one keeps expecting his lilting saxophone to come in but it never does. Although Bickford is a skilled guitarist and Corsello an imaginative drummer, "Oleo feels lackluster; it is straight-ahead jazz gone astray without a leader.

And so it almost comes as a relief when we hear Marcus playing delicately on pianist Marc Copland's heartrending "Country Road. It's a bit of a call-and-response between Marcus, elegant and bird-like and Bickford, nonchalant yet ruminative.

John Coltrane's "Up 'Gainst The Wall presents Marcus as a versatile saxophonist, his tone headier and more daring, but still with the same fluttering quality found on "Country Road. He and Bickford have a great rapport going, as is also evident in the Copland tune, but the two also know when and how to utilize Petrone and Corsello. Petrone's solo in this bluesy tune is cool and sinewy and Corsello's improvising is always on the ball.

But for "Oleo, this disc is a noble effort, consisting of jazz standards by the likes of Sonny Rollins, Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea, which allude to Marcus' experience in fusion and post-bop. The late saxophonist put together an excellent band, whose prescient members accentuate his versatility, making this a worthy last recording for the underappreciated yet immensely talented player.


Track Listing: Oleo; Country Road; House of Cads; Skylark; Up 'Gainst the Wall; Footprints; Serenade To A Cuckoo; Steps.

Personnel: Steve Marcus: tenor and soprano sax; Bill Bickford: guitar; Rick Petrone: bass; Joe Corsello: drums, percussion.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Mighty Quinn Productions | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

  • Skylark
    Skylark
    Steve Marcus
    Steve Marcus Project
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
[no cover]
Green Line
hat ART
2013
buy
Steve Marcus Project
Steve Marcus Project
Mighty Quinn Productions
2007
buy
[no cover]
Steve Marcus & 2o1
hat ART
1992
buy
[no cover]
Sometime Other Than...
hat ART
1976
buy
[no cover]
Something
hat ART
1972
buy
[no cover]
The Lord's Prayer
hat ART
1969
buy
Carla Bley Carla Bley
piano
Hank Crawford Hank Crawford
sax, alto
Clark Terry Clark Terry
trumpet
Ike Quebec Ike Quebec
sax, tenor
Eddie Harris Eddie Harris
saxophone
Joe Williams Joe Williams
vocalist
David Murray David Murray
sax, tenor
Gene Ammons Gene Ammons
sax, tenor
Rez Abbasi Rez Abbasi
guitar

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.