Spontaneity is what gives jazz its unique voice. This jam session from three veterans (and one younger artist) results in a lovely program where melody works in confluence with harmony and rhythm, in spite of the improvisational nature of the work. With this acoustic and fresh project, the quartet shares its appreciation for shared musical beauty.
Rob Thomas' violin and Dick Sarpola's acoustic bass mesh together, delivering lyrical qualities as if from a lullaby. They share their adventures with drums and percussion, however, so that the session takes on twists and turns to vary the pace. There's a change in current lurking behind every musical phrase. With Time Share, the ensemble stretches out in many directions. Added percussion makes this one change color often, and each artist explores freely. It's a cohesive affair among friends where subtle changes in mood come automatically.
Throughout the session, Thomas scores with his violin, heaping layers upon layers of melody. Dave Storrs surrounds with an exciting circle of rhythms that propel and unite. His choice of textures and his ever-changing rhythmic attire bring variety and excitement. The ensemble's father-and-son rhythmic team (Dick Sarpola, bass and George Sarpola, percussion) brings added swirls of excitement throughout. Recommended, Time Share unites four improvising artists in a session that smokes with lyrical fire from beginning to end.
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Personnel: Rob Thomas: violin; Dave Storrs: drums; Dick Sarpola: acoustic bass; George Sarpola: percussion.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.