Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Adam Shulman "Full Tilt"

Records like this give me positive vibes about the future of jazz. Here are six players, only one of whom, bassist John Wiitala, is a familiar name to me. Shulman is responsible for seven of the nine selections, and his compositions flow with the essence of jazz: fresh and exciting melody lines, strong, confident improvisation, and a wealth of ideas. The album's only standard is a great one, Matt Dennis' "The Night We Called It A Day". Get ready for six youngsters brewing up a hard bop that's sure to please.
Cellar Live; 2017; appx. 67 min.

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