Uh! Oh! joins Wycliffe Gordon's Slidin' Home (N-H 2001) and Byron Stripling's StriplingNow! as the third in the Nagel-Heyer 2000 series of contemporary mainstream jazz. Known principally for documenting the traditional mainstream of Louis Armstrong, the Hamburg-based Nagel-Heyer spreads its considerable wings with this series. Uh! Oh! is the most fully realized contemporary offering to date from the label, showcasing the considerable composition talents of altoist Dave Glasser. Adding old timers Clark Terry and Barry Harris elevate these sides into a superstar stratosphere. The results are purely empathic, the principals all interacting at the same high level that provides the listener a truly pleasurable experience, particularly on the ballads. But don't think the slow stuff will slow you down, Glass and company can play Bebop ("52nd Street Theme) and can otherwise swing (title track, "the Nearness of You"). Roy Hargrove is beautiful on the Glasser-penned ballad "Charise" (obviously gearing up for his own Verve ballad offering). All in all, a most interesting recording with plenty of swing and romance.
Track Listing: Uh! Oh!; Bye-Yard; A Touch of Kin; Intimacy Of The Blues; Blue Rose; Charise; 52nd Street Theme; FNH; The Nearness Of You; CT; Tranquility; Powell's Prance; Jumpin At The Woodside. (Total Time: 66:18)
Personnel: Dave Glasser: Alto Saxophone; Clark Terry Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Harry Harris: Piano; Benny Powell: Trombone; Frank Wes Tenor Saxophone; Peter Washington: Bass; Curtis Boyd: Drums; Roy Hargrove: Trumpet, Flugelhorn.
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.