243

Jamie Fox: When I Get Home

By

Sign in to view read count
Jamie Fox: When I Get Home Guitarist/Composer Jamie Fox has plenty of experience to bring to his debut album as a leader. The Californian has been the musical director for Joan Baez for a three-year tour, played lead guitar for Blood Sweat & Tears, and worked for artists including Dr. John, Carla Thomas and Otis Clay. Fox, it seems, wants to bring as many influences as possible to this album so that it is not just your average blowing session.

The ensemble that Fox has assembled does have a rather unusual front line, shared by saxophonist Dan Willis along with pianist Kenny Werner, bassist Stephan Crump, drummer Michael Sarin and reed/horn multi-instrumentalist Peck Allmond.

True to his word, Fox does keep his listeners on their toes. The closing track, the title tune, is played on an acoustic guitar in an Americana-type setting. Without the occasional hint of a Willis saxophone or Crump bass, this could be lifted from the latest Leo Kottke album or from one of Bill Frisell's countrified guitar albums like Nashville (Nonesuch, 1997).

Likewise, the opening tracks "Five One & A Half," otherwise a rather pleasant bossa nova-influenced tune, and "Row After Row" reveal a guitarist who knows his Pat Metheny balladry, with clear and round notes.



On "All in Time," reflection turns into funk as Fox kicks in a harder edge. Beginning with "Ognat, Fox seems to play more concisely and with a surer style. His solo on this tango composition is more decisive and fine. The tunes that follow—"Leisure" and "Mine and Yours"—also take advantage of a keener sense of dynamics, and both "Moniker" and "New News" turn the heat up a little more in terms of a jazz guitar exposition.

A few of the tunes feature an intriguing arrangement for horns and guitar used in counterpoint, and hearing more of them would have been interesting, but undoubtedly would have sacrificed some of the other moods that Fox wanted on display.

There are several solos from Crump, Werner and Willis. In addition to this album, Fox works with bassist Crump and his wife, Jen Chapin, on their individual albums. When I Get Home offers a multi-faceted picture of a guitarist who has a lot to share.

Track Listing: Five One & a Half; Row After Row; All in Time; Moniker; Ognat; Leisure; Mine & Yours; Childhood; New News; When I Get Home.

Personnel: Jamie Fox: guitars; Kenny Werner: piano; Dan Willis: saxophone and bass clarinet; Stephan Crump: bass; Michael Sarin: drums; Peck Allmond: trumpet, saxophone, euphonium.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: RareCatRecords | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert CD/LP/Track Review Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Failure of Words CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "Five" CD/LP/Track Review Five
by John Sharpe
Published: August 14, 2016
Read "Confirmation" CD/LP/Track Review Confirmation
by Nicola Negri
Published: September 5, 2016
Read "Short Stories" CD/LP/Track Review Short Stories
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Kill Together" CD/LP/Track Review Kill Together
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 12, 2017
Read "Boss Tenor" CD/LP/Track Review Boss Tenor
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: July 20, 2016
Read "Lost Signals" CD/LP/Track Review Lost Signals
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 25, 2016

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!