Stories Told; Dave Zinno, bass
Bassist Dave Zinno leads a
standard quintet of trumpet, tenor and rhythm section on a pallet of mostly
original tunes conveying more than a tip of the hat to a Latin-Brazilian
spiciness. The two familiar selections are big hits "Michelle" and
"Triste". This group packs a punch and the Latin influence is only
subtly present. Solid playing here.
Whaling City Sound; 2019; appx.
The Lonely Sailor; James Fernando,
Here's some solo piano music,
mostly slow and expressive original music. There's a mysterious and sad quality
to much of it, as if it could have had a soundtrack to an arty European film.
This may not be everyone's cup of tea. But regardless of the emotions it may
bring on, it's effectively done.
Self-produced; 2018; times not
What's New: Reimagining Benny
Goodman; Oran Etkin, clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone
Are you brave enough to hear
some Benny Goodman classics turned upside down and inside out? 'Cause that's
what happens here, and it mostly works! Etkin demonstrates a boatload of
creativity on Goodman fare like "Dinah", "Running Wild",
"King Porter Stomp", "After You've Gone" and more.
Considering that Goodman's heyday was some eight decades ago, this may be a bit
odd, but it's accessible.
Motema Music; 2015; appx. 51
To And From The Heart; Steve
If you love sophisticated piano
trios (and who doesn't!), three New
York veterans offer some highly recommended artful
music on this lovely session. Along with Steve Swallow on bass and Joey Baron
on drums, Steve Kuhn's delicate touch and winning melodic beauty are found in
abundance on "Never Let Me Go", "Pure Imagination", and some
impressive original music as well.
Sunnyside Communications; 2018;
appx. 46 min.
But Beautiful; Darren Barrett, Trumpet
and Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI), Vocals, Keyboards
As the title indicates,
Barrett's trumpet sound is truly beautiful. Too bad he had to ruin each and
every track with a truckload of electronic effects. It's an insult to otherwise
great tunes like "Con Alma", "Nica's Dream",
"Invitation", "Everything Happens To Me", and other
classics. Filet mignon and Alpo should never be combined.
DB Studios; 2018; times not
Jump Up; Brad Turner, trumpet
A new name to me, Brad Turner
demonstrates a vitality and wide variety of feeling on no less than nine
original compositions. Tenor man Seamus Blake is an ideal partner in this
quintet as they present material to make you sit up and take notice. Perhaps
the most accessible piece was "The Enthusiast", a boppy opportunity
for the two to indulge in some high powered and jovial interplay.
Cellar Live [Cellar Music?] ;
2019; appx. 70 min.