Monday, August 8, 2022

Cory Weeds; Just Coolin’

Vancouver, BC tenor sax mogul Cory Weeds is right back at it with a new session, loaded with juicy straight ahead jazz gems. All one has to do is check out the names of the composers of these rarely performed selections. Immediately it becomes clear that there’s some super swingin’ bop happening here. Names like Hank Mobley, Carmell Jones, Ray Bryant, Cedar Walton, and Harold Lamb, among others. This time around, Weeds’ terrific, truthful tenor is joined by Tilden Webb, piano; John Lee, bass; and Jesse Cahill, drums---an equally swinging, solid rhythm section. As always, Weeds and friends do high honor to the jazz tradition on every tune in the set. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also call your attention to the cover art of Fujioka Takao, which brings to mind the hip work of David Stone Martin back in the day. Anyway, thank you, Cory Weeds, for keeping the real deal flame alive and well. May it always burn as brightly as it does here.

Cellar Music; 2022; appx 52 min.

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