Hard Bop/Post Bop. Cathexis records has released two collections of crashing, banging, squealing Hard/Post Bop Jazz. Bassist Scott Lee and Drummer Jeff Williams lead quartet and quintet combos respectively. This is music that owes much to and extends the language created by Miles Davis’ ‘60s quintet. The music on both is thoughtful and controlled without ever being boring or contrived. Percussion is the name of the game and it is fine through out. Music like this displays the importance of Tony Williams. Superbly conceived and recorded.
Track Listing (With Ease):In the Brightness; Blue eyes; With Ease; Solo Bass for Andy Stalman; Night Suite; B&S Duet; Balladina We’re tired and We’re Out of Here. (Total Playing Time 58:23).
Personnel (With Ease):Scott Lee: Bass; Billy Drewes: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones; Russ Lossing: Piano; Jeff Hirshfield.
Track Listing (Jazzblues):Funhouse Living; Border Line; Meeting a Stranger; The Hunt; Lament; Wildlife; Twins; Oddity. (Total Playing Time 60:05).
Personnel (Jazzblues):Time Ries: Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones; Patrick Zimmerli: Tenor Saxophone; Doug Weiss: Bass; Jeff Williams: Drums.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.