All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

125

Dave Leslie: The Brim

By

Sign in to view read count
This album is another indication of the many forms the basic elements of jazz can be adapted to. Keyboard and accordion player, Dave Leslie, applies jazz principles to a series of tunes based in foreign lands. There are pieces which have rhythms derived from the Balkans, Ireland, Bulgaria, etc. On this international musical escapade, Leslie is joined by musicians who regularly appear on Dave Storrs' Corvallis, Oregon-based Louie label, including the inestimable Mr. Storrs himself on drums and percussion.

To be sure, there are different, maybe even strange, combinations of melodic inventions on some cuts. "In the Now" has what sounds like harmonic forms from China and the Near East played over an unrelenting hip hop rhythmic foundation. Leslie's accordion has fragments of Italy mixed in with sounds from other destinations on the medley of "Linger Awhile"/"Pass". Perhaps the liner notes should have had a match `em quiz with the titles listed in one column and countries/regions listed in the other. Whatever, Leslie is one of the more advanced players of an instrument normally associated with country/folk/mood music. This is not Art Van Damme playing the hand-held squeeze box, but a true virtuoso with chops matched only by the likes of a Cidinho Teixeira.

Serious music isn't the only kind to be found on this disc. The players clearly are having some fun with "Lucky Fella". There's plenty of bop on "Seattle Plus 35" and a romantic interlude with "Fall 92". Despite the obvious talent and determination of the performers and the winsomeness of the compositions, I found after a while that the ideas began to wear thin and that if you are not a modern jazz accordion devotee, matters begin to wear quite thin.


Track Listing: Crackers 'n' Sherbet; As Easy As; Linger Awhile / Pass; Second Smartest of All Dogs; Gnarles; In the Now; Fall 92; George's Dilemma; The Brim; Seattle Plus; Broken Circle; Lucky Fella; Reunion.

Personnel: Dave Leslie- keyboards, accordion; Dave Storrs- drums, percussion; Tom Bergeron- alto saxophone, soprano saxophone; Mike Curtis- clarinet, soprano saxophone; Page Hundemer- electric bass; Keller Coker- trombone; Steve Willis- guitar.

Title: The Brim | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Louie Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
 

The Brim

Louie Records
2002

buy

Related Articles

Read Love & Peace CD/LP/Track Review
Love & Peace
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2018
Read La Saboteuse CD/LP/Track Review
La Saboteuse
by Chris May
Published: February 20, 2018
Read Cosmic Playground CD/LP/Track Review
Cosmic Playground
by Don Phipps
Published: February 20, 2018
Read Memories of Maynard CD/LP/Track Review
Memories of Maynard
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: February 20, 2018
Read For Gyumri CD/LP/Track Review
For Gyumri
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Sextet (Parker) 1993 CD/LP/Track Review
Sextet (Parker) 1993
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 19, 2018
Read "Lionsong" CD/LP/Track Review Lionsong
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Spirits" CD/LP/Track Review Spirits
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 2, 2017
Read "Blood & Bone" CD/LP/Track Review Blood & Bone
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 5, 2018
Read "Molto Bene" CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Pigs & Fairies" CD/LP/Track Review Pigs & Fairies
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Apocalypse" CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017