246

Fabian Zone Trio: The Masters Return!

Ernest Barteldes By

Sign in to view read count
On his second album, longtime Lionel Hampton Big Band bassist Christian Fabian showcases a collection of tunes that draws in listeners and won't let go until the disc comes to an end. While the CD mostly contains music recorded in a trio format, many of its highlights include guests Jimmy Owens (trumpet) and Andres Boiarsky (tenor sax).

The first to grab the listeners' attention is "Bebop, a tune with a flurry of complex beats that the musicians use to their full advantage—pianist Mike Longo, in particular, improvises fluidly through the melody. Another great moment is the original "Summerland, a mellow track with a bossa nova feel in which Fabian introduces the melody by using a bow in his initial solo, then receding into the background in lieu of a Longo solo.

Another high point is Jimmy Owens' "Dear Thaddeus and Roland, a slow-tempoed number in which the trumpeter expertly leads the way with an Arturo Sandoval-inspired groove. Longo switches for the B3 on the funky "Chameleon, a tune on which Boiarsky shines through his explorations of the full range of the tenor sax.

Listen also to the trio's take on Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce, which unusually features an accomplished Fabian solo during the first few measures. The track shows that the musicians share great chemistry together, seamlessly exchanging riffs to make a classic tune their own.

Kudos also go to the sound engineering on the disc; the sound is crystal clear and each instrument is properly balanced, sounding like a live performance with a great sound system. The Masters Return! is a highly enjoyable disc and is definitely recommended for fans of straight-ahead instrumental jazz.

Track Listing: The Wayshowers; My One And Only; Bebop; Morning After; Chameleon; Summerland; Willow Weep More; Billie's Bounce; Dear Thaddeus and Roland; Abian Blue; All Blues; Milestones.

Personnel: Christian Fabian: bass; Mike Longo: piano; Lewis Nash: drums; Jimmy Owens: trumpet, flugelhorn; Andres Boiarsky: tenor saxophone.

Title: The Masters Return! | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: CAP


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Slægt CD/LP/Track Review Slægt
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 24, 2017
Read An Eye on the Future CD/LP/Track Review An Eye on the Future
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Cherry ‎– Sakura CD/LP/Track Review Cherry ‎– Sakura
by John Sharpe
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Blow, Strike & Touch CD/LP/Track Review Blow, Strike & Touch
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Elusive CD/LP/Track Review Elusive
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Transitions CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017
Read "Transparent Water" CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials" CD/LP/Track Review The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "My Tongue Crumbles After" CD/LP/Track Review My Tongue Crumbles After
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 1, 2017
Read "Hark The Herald" CD/LP/Track Review Hark The Herald
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Chronosome" CD/LP/Track Review Chronosome
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "King Of Xhosa" CD/LP/Track Review King Of Xhosa
by James Nadal
Published: January 23, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.