286

Doug Lawrence: Streetwise

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Doug Lawrence: Streetwise There is always more room for a good tenor-guitar-organ combo. Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence leads such a combo for his Alltribe debut. A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Lawrence has been performing since childhood. He currently leads the Doug Lawrence Orchestra and has recorded widely as a sideman and as a leader. For Streetwise, organist Dan Trudell, guitarist Ray Macchiarola, and drummer George Fludas join Lawrence for the festivities. Together, they pump out a liqueur-cool brand of organ-tenor jazz that sounds new and vintage at the same time.



Streetwise has a considerably different sound from other recordings by the principals—such as The B-3 Bombers Live at the Green Mill, on which Lawrence and Trudell also appear. In that case, the day was ruled by "The Funky Drummer" Clyde Stubblefield and the outing was white hot. This is a bit cooler affair, where melody reigns and the band is as tight as a drum. Streetwise sports a bright rhythmic sheen that begins with the opener "Say Little Mama Say." Lawrence’s tenor sounds very Gordonesque throughout, but no better than here. The blues is also represented. "Mellow Gravy" is taken a strolling pace with Trudell providing the greasy Jimmy Smith filigree. Ray Macchiarola shoehorns perfectly into the mix, making this a 21st Century Tenor-Organ Trio disc.



That's a nice vision to have. There are precious few tenor-organ outings, and the newer the better. Doug Lawrence and company serve up a very satisfying plate of soulful jazz on Streetwise. What this disc may lack in pure grease, it makes up for with pure grace.



Visit Alltribe Records and Doug Lawrence Music .


Track Listing: Say Little Mama Say; Mellow Gravy; Mr. Clean; A Portrait of Jenny; What For; Spanyola; Hello Young Lovers.(Total Time 48:33).

Personnel: Doug Lawrence-Tenor Saxophone; Dan Trudell-Organ; Ray Macchiarola-Guitar; George Fludas-Drums.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Alltribe | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Lester Young Lester Young
saxophone
Stan Getz Stan Getz
sax, tenor
Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon
sax, tenor
Ben Webster Ben Webster
sax, tenor
Zoot Sims Zoot Sims
sax, tenor
Hank Mobley Hank Mobley
sax, tenor
Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
sax, tenor
Paul Gonsalves Paul Gonsalves
sax, tenor
Wild Bill Davis Wild Bill Davis
organ, Hammond B3
Gene Ammons Gene Ammons
sax, tenor
John Basile John Basile
guitar

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)" CD/LP/Track Review Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 24, 2017
Read "The Caustic Ballads" CD/LP/Track Review The Caustic Ballads
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 27, 2016
Read "A Secret Sigh" CD/LP/Track Review A Secret Sigh
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 21, 2016
Read "Swong" CD/LP/Track Review Swong
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "Triple Exposure" CD/LP/Track Review Triple Exposure
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Mt. Crushmore" CD/LP/Track Review Mt. Crushmore
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 8, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!