Friday Night Freedom
A Gospel Jazz Experience
Harlem Tea Room
Friday March 16, 2007, 7pm
1793A Madison Avenue at 118th Street
In building bridges between styles with sometimes-questionable results, occasionally we get a pleasant surprise. One such surprise is the unique music of progressive gospel/jazz saxophonist, Tyrone Birkett. Progressive, because he uses contemporary gospel as a springboard and extends it through jazz & soul music. Unique, in that influences have been assimilated to produce something new but still familiar.
In The Fullness of Time" the debut CD release by Tyrone Birkett featuring vocalist Paula Ralph-Birkett is a manifestation of this approach. It brings together virtuosic but accessible saxophone improvisations, innovative Weather Report spins on gospel standards, and soothing tone poems and ballads. Add to that, funky but smart groove tunes, and vocals alternating between powerful Dianne Reeves- like exhortations and intimate monologues. All of the selections are anchored by the attentive musicianship of New York's best up and coming jazz and gospel talent, with credits from Randy Brecker to Barbra Streisand to Lonnie Plaxico. All to bring to you the message of the music.
New CD: In The Fullness Of Time
Convergence Music Group 111562-01
Tony Smith, Gospel Jazzations WFDU-FM - This new CD is expected to be a gospel jazz classic that everyone will need to have."