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The album’s title refers, we surmise, to the straight–ahead idiom developed by modern Jazz’s founding fathers and bequeathed to their contemporary successors who are carrying it into the new millennium. As is true of most compilations, this two–disc set from Mack Avenue Records is an up–and–down experience with a number of engaging selections and others that aren’t quite as effective. Among the more conspicuous ear–grabbers: Pete Jolly’s tasteful piano (“Cloudburst,” “Sweet Lorraine”); Ray Brown’s radar–like bass and the marvelous interplay between Brown, guitarist Larry Koonse and drummer Stix Hooper (“Blue Monk,” “Memories of You”); James Moody’s flute (“When Lights Are Low”), tenor sax (“Sweet Lorraine”) and tongue–in–cheek vocal (“Moody’s Mood for Love”); Shirley Horn’s voice and piano (“It Never Entered My Mind”); pianist Cedar Walton’s comping and Jack Segal’s lyrics (“Old Man Jazz”); bassist Al McKibbon’s unerring basement–level artistry (on eleven tracks). As a general rule, the numbers played by larger groups (sextet to nonet) are the least successful, even though each of them has its moments including competent albeit uninspired turns by Walton, tenor Teddy Edwards, trumpeter Oscar Brashear and guitarist Kenny Burrell, and vocalists Jon Hendricks and Ernie Andrews. In spite of those drawbacks, the supremacy of master craftsmen Jolly, Brown, Moody, Horn and McKibbon make the set worthwhile and worth considering.
Track Listing: Disc 1 — Sunset Eyes; Last Train from Overbrook; Cloud Burst; Blue Monk; Lovin’ It, Lovin’ It; When Lights Are Low; River’s Invitation; It Never Entered My Mind; Shirley’s Soliloquy (45:22). Disc 2 — Jazz; Old Man Jazz; Memories of You; Centerpiece; New Rumba; Sweet Lorraine; Moody’s Mood for Love; Last Night When We Were Young (46:08).
Personnel: (collective) — Teddy Edwards, tenor sax; James Moody, tenor sax, flute, vocal (“Moody’s Mood for Love”); Louis Taylor, alto, tenor, baritone sax; Oscar Brashear, trumpet; George Bohannon, Andy Martin, trombone; Cedar Walton, Pete Jolly, piano; Larry Koonse, Kenny Burrell, guitar; Al McKibbon, Luther Hughes, Ray Brown, bass; Willie Jones, Paul Kreibich, Stix Hooper, Steve Williams, Roy McCurdy, drums; Shirley Horn, vocals, piano; Jon Hendricks, Ernie Andrews, vocals.
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