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On their third release, the self-titled Tangria Jazz Group continues to impress. With lots of positive press from the San Francisco Bay Area this trio, led by drummer/composer Sheryl Mebane with keyboardist Simon Rochester and bassist Justin Hellman, is thoroughly interactive and entertaining.
Founded in 1997, Tangria Jazz Group has evolved with its most accessible album to date, with two originals and four standards. Eden Ahbez's "Nature Boy" is a good beginning for the album; a familiar tune that begins with some ruminative piano, morphing from a Latin pace to a tender ballad. Two important jazz standards follow: first, Johnny Carisi's "Israel," followed by John Coltrane's formidable "Impressions," which the group offers in smoking fashion. Two Wayne Shorter tunes are performed: the rarely covered "Isotope" is given a Fender Rhodes treatment by Rochester, while "Black Nile" provides a chance for Mebane to show off her ability to swing.
Two Sheryl Mebane compositions are showcased: "Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere," where she lays down a bluesy rhythm, and the extended "Bamako Love Walk," with Mebane and Rochester aptly demonstrating their skill with African percussion.
Track Listing: Nature Boy; Israel; Impressions; Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere; Isotope; Bamako Love Walk; Black Nile
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com