Scottish-based quartet JazzMain, has released its long awaited debut CD having waited almost 18 months since they first entered the studio, such was the band's intense attention to detail in selecting the most appropriate tunes from their vast repertoire of standards and compositions.
The CD from the Edinburgh-based band, takes its title from the Jimmy Heath-penned tune A Sound for Sore Ears". It is interspersed with some interesting shifts in time/feel approach on tunes like Willow Weep for Me" - which moves into a 6/8 feel with hallmarks of Miles Davis' So What" topping and tailing the track.
Jazz inventiveness among the band members underpins this long-awaited debut from a band who have worked across the Scottish jazz scene for around ten years.
Tenor saxophonist and band leader, Nick Gould ekes out a hauntingly beautiful fragility on the ballad You Don't Know What Love Is", although the band is equally at home with its superb funk version of Jaco Pastorius's classic The Chicken" or Charles Mingus's timeless classic Nostalgia in Times Square".
Other tracks include Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," Mornin'", George Coleman's Amsterdam After Dark", Dizzy Gillespie's Tin Tin Deo" and the standard, It's Almost Like Being In Love."
Jazz Main has its origins firmly in the Blue Note campmost notably influenced by the late Horace Silver, Benny Golson and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. The band plan to record a follow up CD later this year.
JazzMain is Nick Gould (tenor), Steve Grossart (keys/piano), Kevin Dorrian (drums/percussion) and Iain Harkness (electric bass).
On the CD, two other double bass players shared the duties - Owen MacDonald and Jennifer Clark.
The album was recorded at Sound Cafe in The Scottish Borders under the watchful eye of producer, David Gray and is available on the
A Sound for Sore Ears