A440 MusicGroup moves into a higher gear this fall with three excellent jazz releases by saxophonists Andy Snitzer and Gary Meek, Bassist Brian Bromberg.
Andy Snitzer, Sugar (September 3 release)
Tenor saxophonist Snitzer unveils his first straightahead jazz CD.
Much of the CD is a nod to tenor sax greats John Coltrane ("Blue Train," You Don't Know What Love Is"), Sonny Rollins ("Blue Seven," Moritat"), and Stanley Turrentine ("Sugar"). Snitzer, best known for his work the Rolling Stones, also covers one of their hits, Wild Horses."
The band includes Alain Mallet, piano and Hammond B-3 organ; James Genus, bass; Clarence Penn, drums.
The musicians on Sugar are fantastic players, and are, like me, fans of many different genres of music, said Snitzer. They are products of their time, incorporating their influences as well as the music happening now, all around them, into particular styles. The rich music history we enjoy, across all genres, is overwhelmingly a product of this process. These are the types of players I want to be around.
Brian Bromberg, Jaco (October 15 release)
Bassist Brian Bromberg, on the heels of his surprise straightahead acoustic bass jazz hit CD, Wood, adds fretted and fretless electric bass sounds in a tribute to the legendary Jaco Pastorious.
Instead of merely covering some of great bassist's compositions, JACO brings a new perspective to Pastorious' music.
As Bill Milkowski wrote in the JACO liner notes:
Pulling off a Jaco tribute project -- a full recording of material composed by or closely associated with the late, great bassist -- would be a daunting task for any bassist, no matter how accomplished or virtuosic. As Bromberg noted, 'Those performances were so good it was like, What the hell am I going to do to this music? Its almost like sacred ground in a way. You don't mess with Jaco.' In undertaking JACO, Bromberg did indeed 'mess' with Jacos music while paying a heartfelt homage to his early bass inspiration. His rendition of Jaco staples like the funky Come On, Come Over, the gorgeous Portrait of Tracy and hauntingly beautiful Continuum, the chops-busting Teen Town and the suite-like Three Views Of A Secret carry some fresh, imaginative touches in the arrangements while still conveying the spirit of those familiar Pastorius anthems."
Sidemen include Alex Acuńa, Jeff Lorber, Bob Mintzer, Eric Marienthal, as well as members of Bromberg's touring band.
Gary Meek, Step 7 (November 12 release)
One of the greatest 'unknown' saxophonists out there today -- and a mainstay of Flora & Airto's band -- Gary Meek steps out on November 12 with a strong statement on Step 7.
Step 7 was conceived out of my desire to make a jazz CD that would be fun to record as well as to listen to, said Meek. The choice of material just fell into place as we rehearsed.
Making the music fun and listenable starts with great tunes, and Step 7 has them: Charlie Parker's Be-Bop"; Earl Hagen's Harlem Nocturne"; Chick Corea's Time's Lie"; Bob Telson's Calling You" (from the film Baghdad Cafe); and five more originals, all but one composed by Meek.
Helping Gary with the fun are Flora & Airto, José Neto, Jimmy Haslip, Christian Jacob, and others (including a horn section).
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