#ICYMI Bebop Spoken Here talks highly about Greg Abate’s “Magic Dance The Music Of Kenny Barron”

#ICYMI Bebop Spoken Here talks highly about Greg Abate’s “Magic Dance The Music Of Kenny Barron”

Greg Abate (saxes, flute); Kenny Barron (piano); Dezron Douglas (bass); Johnathan Blake (drums).

I think it was during the journey from Llandudno to Manchester Airport on the day after Greg’s appearance at the North Wales Jazz Festival that that he mentioned that he was thinking of recording an album featuring the tunes of Kenny Barron. I thought that sounded a pretty cool idea. When he said that he also wanted to record it at the famous Rudy Van Gelder studios in New Jersey using Kenny’s trio I thought that was one ambitious project, but when Greg decides to do something it usually gets done.

So in due course, after many setbacks due to lockdown and many days spent arranging the fourteen songs so that the end result was of a suitably high standard, the double CD was released and made a big impact on the US jazz radio charts.

I first heard Kenny Barron on Jimmy Owens’ Atlantic LP You Had Better Listen. He wrote two tunes on this fine album Gichi and Carolina John. Later I heard Barron live when he was part of the Freddie Hubbard/Joe Henderson Quintet at the Antibes Jazz Festival in the south of France. The only other time I saw him live was on a jazz cruise when his band Sphere played to a ship full of jazz fans to great acclaim. Of course he also spent time backing the late tenor icon Stan Getz and he plays frequently around New York at venues such as Smalls and Mezzrow’s.

I decided to play the second CD first as it contained Voyage which I would say is the most played of his many tunes. Greg featured a sax section on the theme by use of overdubs and he has done a great job of scoring the horns. There is another tune on side two that has a very catchy melody and that is Magic Dance. Also I like what Greg does with Innocence and here we have all the horns apart from the flute scored to good effect. This is certainly a departure from Greg’s previous releases but is has lots of energetic solos that are a hallmark of his work. This is music that you have to listen to many times and after repeated plays you will realise that Greg Abate has produced a true modern jazz masterpiece.

 

Neal Weiss, Whaling City Sound, warmly thanks the knowledgeable and committed readers of DOWNBEAT Magazine for the honor of making our label #5 on the list of esteemed jazz labels for the year 2020-21

Neal Weiss, Whaling City Sound, warmly thanks the knowledgeable and committed readers of DOWNBEAT Magazine for the honor of making our label #5 on the list of esteemed jazz labels for the year 2020-21

Whaling City Sound warmly thanks the knowledgeable and committed readers of DOWNBEAT Magazine for the honor of making our label #5 on the list of esteemed jazz labels for the year 2020-21. While some deride polls as “popularity contests,” all of us at Whaling City Sound have no problem being considered near the top of those organizations who bring jazz to you on a regular basis.

We are also thankful that many of the artists featured on our releases in recent years, either as leaders, co-leaders, or side-persons, have been recognized by Downbeat readers. Congratulations to those who have achieved this well-earned recognition. If we left anyone out of the list below, we apologize, and again, thank you for listening and voting. Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to know more about which releases include any particular musicians. ~Neal Weiss, President.  

Hall of Fame: Kenny Barron #2

Jazz Artist: Christian McBride: #2, Kenny Barron: #7, Teri Lyne Carrington

Trumpet: Ingrid Jensen

Trombone: Steve Davis

Soprano sax: David Liebman #2,

Alto sax: Greg Abate: #2

Tenor Sax: Gerry Bergonzi

Flute: Ted Nash, David Liebman

Piano: Chick Corea, #1, Kenny Barron, #3

Keyboard: Mark Cary

Organ: Joey DeFrancesco, #1: Larry Goldings, #3

Guitar: Russell Malone

Bass: Ron Carter, #2: John Patitucci, Linda May Han Oh, Dezron Douglas

Drums: Teri Lyne Carrington, #3: Joe FarnsworthJohnathan BlakeJeff “Tain” Watts

Composer: Chick Corea, #2

Rale Micic has “relaxing groove that feels just right” on latest release “Only Love Will Stay”

Rale Micic has “relaxing groove that feels just right” on latest release “Only Love Will Stay”

Rale Micic Only Love Will Stay
O’s Notes: Serbian guitarist Rale Micic leads most melodies with a relaxing groove that feels just right. Jared Gold complements him on the B3 with drumming duties split between Johnathan Blake and Geoff Clapp. The pandemic forced Micic to slow down, reflect, and try new things, as illustrated on Only Love Will Stay. Highlights are “How Deep Is The Ocean”, “Riverdale”, “Lipe Cvatu” and “Better Days Ahead”.
D. Oscar  Groomes
O’s Place Jazz Magazine
P.O. Box 38430
Charlotte, NC 28278

http://www.OsPlaceJazz.com

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