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This follow-up to the Mega-Sax Sea Breeze recording We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rhythm Section features creative improvised solo and ensemble work from the younger generation. Miles Osland, Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Kentucky, turns out a motivated group of improvisers year after year. Bryan Murray wails and moans on alto through "Send in the New Boy," and soars confidently with a familiar melody on "Invitation." He’s backed with powerhouse rhythms by the rest of the saxophone quartet.
Bob Mintzer’s "The Red Sea" places five saxophonists in the ring with piano, bass and drums. Through creative arranging, the ensemble develops a big band sound with a liberal number of solos. Osland adds a lovely flute solo. Later, on "Doe-Eyed" he and Bryan Murray provide warm saxophone features on alto and tenor respectively. "Invitation" is interpreted as a melodic big band gesture; this from an ensemble half that size with no brass. Jim McNeely’s "Shenanigans" is built carefully from a smooth and dramatic modern mainstream start to an "outside" finish. Murray’s "hot" tenor solo moves the unit along from a straight-ahead approach to creative improvised jazz. As long as our schools continue to provide an environment that encourages such free-flowing improvisation, the music will continue to grow.
Track Listing: Hiatus; Send in the New Boy; Invitation; The Red Sea; Shenanigans; Cruisin
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.