10/23: Enjoy the “Magic” of Greg Abate in Chan’s intimate, acoustically balanced egg rolls and jazz supper club
Saxophone giant Greg Abate has enjoyed being number one on Jazz Week for over a month with his brilliant arrangements and collaboration with legendary pianist Kenny Baron “Magic Dance”. This Super Quartet features The Tim Ray Trio … Tim on piano, John Lockwood bass and Mark Walker drums.
Drummer GERRY GIBBS, son of the legendary vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, has hooked up with several jazz stars to form four different trios, he calls them the THRASHER DREAM TRIOS, to play 18 appealing compositions by his father on the two-disc set, Songs from My Father(Whaling City Sound – 131). Gerry Gibbs serves as drummer for the trios with pianist Chick Corea and bassist Ron Carter on Trio #1, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Buster Williams on Trio #2, pianist Patrice Rushen and Hammond B3 organist Larry Goldings on Trio #3, and pianist Geoff Keezer and bassist Christian McBride on Trio #4. The booklet explains the intricacies of putting this album together. One person who was instrumental in this project was the late pianist Chick Corea. He contributed the one selection not composed by Terry Gibbs, a tribute to Terry titled “Tango for Terry. Most of the tunes are up tempo, many with catchy titles like “Kick Those Feet,” “Bopstacle Course,” “The Fat Man,” “Hippie Twist” and “Gibberish.” Then there is a tune like “Lonely Dreams” that could have been a theme from a film noir. With the caliber of musicianship present on these tracks, it is not surprising that this music grabs you from the first track and never lets you go through the last notes. (www.whalingcitysound.com)
“Miasmic influences of godfather Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane and Elvin Jones care of drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts come through in this new album by saxman Eric Wyatt” – Dr. Debra Jan Bibel … Click here to read more
Editors Pick, 4 star review from Jazzwise🇬🇧
In print October 2021 issue.
“Great week, team!”