278

Dick Titterington: Yellow Dance

By

Sign in to view read count
Dick Titterington: Yellow Dance Dick Titterington truly hits the bullseye on his latest album, a traditional jazz outing entitled Yellow Dance. It finds Titterington in a setting very different from his debut, Amber Eyes; whereas the earlier record featured a full quintet, his latest lacks piano, guitar, or a consistent horn section. Flautist Tim Jensen and tenor man Rob Davis join for two tracks each, along with pianist Randy Porter, who adds melodica on two tracks.

This lineup leaves Titterington with much room to grow, like a goldfish in a spacious tank. The way he manages, with the help of the smooth rhythm section, to make Dance's twelve pieces interesting is commendable. The music places heavy emphasis on improvisation, one of the strongest points of the album.

The originals are varied and quite promising. The trio has a tendency to work intricate playing around simple melodies, always retaining a sparse, minimalist quality. "Yellow Dance" is a fine example of Titterington's approach, featuring the excellent Rob Davis on tenor sax. Revolving around one theme with an elementary bass line, the improvisation is key to holding the listener's attention. "Lunky" is a short wah-wah tune in 7/4, demonstrating a very straightforward approach. "Seams," featuring Tim Jensen on flute, is the most captivating and melodic piece of the lot. Perhaps the most intricate technical work can be found on "Lose the Crowd," a short, fast-paced piece again featuring very difficult, octave-jumping lipping from Titterington. The extended, lighthearted "Stream Line" showcases the most impressive work from percussionist Todd Strait.

A similar diversity among the "arranged standard fare" which makes up the other half of Dance helps to keep the album moving. The theme from the Disney animated film Alice In Wonderland is one interesting selection, along with "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?," from the musical Finian's Rainbow. What jazz album would be complete without a few standards? A brief take on "Seven Steps to Heaven" finds the rhythm section gliding through difficult transition sections; Monk's "Trinkle Tinkle" is the second track with Rob Davis. The bright Latin-twinged melodies of the Donato and Gilberto classic "Minha Saudade" unite trumpet and flute in one part and allow solo space for both bassist Scott Steed and Todd Strait. The ballad "You're a Lucky Guy" provides the most somber moments of the record.

Dance is certainly a quality work, but its uneven production is an unfortunate hindrance. The mix is very bass-heavy, causing the hits of the bass drum to sound like more of a resounding boom than a beat, creating a lagging effect in the rhythm section. In addition to the budget production, Titterington's tone is somewhat constricted on the higher notes, and the bass-drum-trumpet lineup becomes tiresome toward the end of the album. In any case, Yellow Dance is still remarkable for its complex improv and stylistic variety.


Track Listing: Yellow Dance; Seven Steps to Heaven; Lunky; How Are Things In Glocca Morra?; Seams; Trinkle Tinkle; Lose the Crowd; You're A Lucky Guy; Stream Line; Minha Saudade; Original Key; Alice In Wonderland.

Personnel: Dick Titterington: trumpet; Scott Steed: bass; Todd Strait: drums. Tim Jensen: flute on tracks 5 and 10; Rob Davis: tenor saxophone on tracks 1 and 6; Randy Porter: melodica on tracks 4 and 12.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Heavywood Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "TriAngular Bent" CD/LP/Track Review TriAngular Bent
by Dave Wayne
Published: September 22, 2016
Read "Music Box Music" CD/LP/Track Review Music Box Music
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 8, 2017
Read "Shapes" CD/LP/Track Review Shapes
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 6, 2016
Read "Early Americans" CD/LP/Track Review Early Americans
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 29, 2016
Read "Shock Axis" CD/LP/Track Review Shock Axis
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2016
Read "Münster Bern" CD/LP/Track Review Münster Bern
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 28, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!