Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
96

Ken Fowser/Behn Gillece - Duotone (2011)

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
Ken Fowser
Last year we investigated a strong post-bop excursion by the potent, up-and-coming partnership of tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and vibraphonist Behn Gillece. Little Echo (2010) swung like mad and put into sharp focus the tight rapport of Fowser and Gillece that is at the center of their post-bop achievements. Continuing what seems to becoming tradition for the duo, the rhythm section is entirely swapped out from the prior record, yet the momentum is maintained. For this outing, Donald Vega mans the piano, David Wong mans the bass and Willie Jones III sits behind the kit.

With a synergy that's been developing since their high school days and solid chops by both, there isn't a whole lot they can do to build on Little Echo, but they managed to with tighter, fresher melodies, most penned by Gillece but with a couple of contributions by Fowser. “Overcooked," “Attachment" and “In The Twilight" all feature that impenetrable sense of swing that has become their calling card, but this time with more deeply soulful harmonies than before, and each possessing their own personalities; the record lacks that sameness feel that do in many a well performed mainstream jazz record.

“Spontaneity" is on another level harmonically with its varying tempos and spiritual feel, it's downright Coltranian at times and suggests another path the pair could pursue with success if they were so inclined. “Come Around Again" is just the two in a gorgeous ballad setting, carrying on some simply stated, quiet musical conversation. They can bring the big guns, too, as they do on burners like “Back To Back," and mid tempo elegance on numbers like “Low Ball" or the Brazilian inspired “Bongo."

The Fowser/Gillece partnership continues to thrive on brisk grooves, Fowser's big, ingratiating tone and Gillece's colorful vibes. And now, with even better original tunes. DuoTone is a small but steady step in the progression of an already well developed team of jazz practitioners.

Continue Reading...

This story appears courtesy of Something Else!.
Copyright © 2016. All rights reserved.

Related Video

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Top Shelf
Top Shelf
Posi-Tone Records
2013
buy
Duotone
Duotone
Posi-Tone Records
2011
buy
Little Echo
Little Echo
Posi-Tone Records
2010
buy
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
saxophone
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Kenny Dorham Kenny Dorham
trumpet
Hank Mobley Hank Mobley
sax, tenor
Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson
saxophone
Eric Alexander Eric Alexander
sax, tenor
Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
sax, tenor
Gene Ammons Gene Ammons
sax, tenor
Ralph Lalama Ralph Lalama
saxophone
John Swana John Swana
trumpet

Shop

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.