Looking for reviews of current Jazz recordings? Look no further! George Fendel has enjoyed a 28 year career in Jazz radio in Portland, Oregon. He served as the president of the Jazz Society of Oregon for three terms from '87-'90, and currently promotes live concerts at Classic Pianos in Portland.
Friday, April 1, 2022
The Jazz Worms; Squirmin’
What?! Jazz Worms? I agree with you. Of all the names for a quintet, I wouldn’t have chosen that one. But there is a reason. It’s an anagram of the first letters of the last names of the five players. Their CD is comprised of eight original compositions by members of the quintet. Some may find this music to be a bit “out” but I think differently. To my ears the “worms” have taken us to the edge but we do not fall of the cliff. There is structure and harmonic sense here. On top of that, the players enjoy ample opportunity to shine as soloists. If you can stretch just a bit, you might discover that The Jazz Worms are more accessible and at times quite intriguing.