Tangria Jazz Group is what happens when the academy gets bored in the classroom and decides to go blow in the studio. The trio's first recording, Songs From Lady Bird was inspired by drummer/percussionist/physical chemist Sheryl Mebane's jazz novel Lady Bird (Pearl Street, 2003). Mebane's Eleven: Tunes for Two (Blastfamous, 2007) featured an abundance of original material and sidemen. The eponymous Tangria Jazz Group brags an abundance of standards with a couple of originals that shows the group maturing.
The group kicks off its third offering with a schizophrenic "Nature Boy." The piece begins as an airy piano solo that organizes itself (at the command of Mebane's informed drumming) into a samba. Justin Hellman plays the acoustic bass, giving the piece a humid and organic sound. Simon Rochester delivers a beautifully conservative piano solo. A mainstream reading of John Carisi's Israel" follows, sporting an obtuse solo from Hellman.
John Coltrane's "Impressions" is given a tasteful treatment by the trio, played slightly upbeat and with an abandon that would have made Trane proud. Joe Henderson's "Isotope" offers a not-often-selected standard for the band to play. Rochester gives an inspired improvisation, as does Hellman. Mebane's drumming is always graceful and never overpowering. She possesses a very sensitive ear for herself and her band mates that helps make the Tangria Jazz Group one of the most viable and important trios performing today.
Nature Boy; Israel; Impressions; Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere; Isotope; Bamako Love Walk; Black Nile.
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.