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Slickly, craggy and Wayne Shorter and Lee Morganesque is how to describe drummer Chuck Zeuren's new sextet recording, Why Not??. Zeuren lays down the underpinning for the Trumpet-Tenor front of Shunzo Ono and Dave Finucane, respectively, and never lets up. The playing is upbeat and solid, even on ballads like "Wuz Up??" and "Old Friend". Zeuren shows his sense of humor by lampooning saxophonist and labelmate Jerry Bergonzi on "Ber-Gonz-Crazy" and providing Ono a firm stage for a blistering muted solo. Zeuren showcases his own talent sparingly, most notably in his tom solo on the ballad "At Last".
Zeuren composed and arranged all nine pieces, betraying his Berklee Training and his experience playing with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Gary Burton, among others. His writing and performance are current and technical without being showy or boring. The sonics are crisp and close to the front with no muddying of the overall sound. This is another solid effort from the RED Records label.
Track Listing: Why Not??; Wuz Up??; Boos; Frunk; Old Friend; Ber-Gonz-Crazy; At Last; Samber; Put Yo Foot In Yo Mouf And Say Ah!. (Total Time: 64.51)
Personnel: Chuck Zeuren: Drums; Shunzo Ono: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Dave Finucane: Tenor Saxophone; Dick Sarpola: Bass; Richard Wilder: Piano; Café: Percussion.
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
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