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Corey CHRISTIANSEN – Dusk – Origin

Corey CHRISTIANSEN – Dusk – Origin

Corey CHRISTIANSEN – Dusk – Origin 82743, 48:48  (10/20/17) ****: (Corey Christiansen; guitar/ Jeremy Allen; bass/ Matt Jorgensen; drums/ Zach Lapidus; keyboards/ Michael Spiro; percussion) Funky R&B/ Fusion derived jazz of high spirits and inspiration.  I don’t typically incline towards funky R&B/ fusion music. See-sawing major chords, repeated licks, and hypnotic vamps are associated with long-road trips and exercise classes, neither optimal for serene aesthetic contemplation. All the more surprising that this over-the-top boisterous funk outing swept away my misgivings about the genre on the strength of its freshness and musical candor. The tunes are all written by Corey Christiansen in response to the usual “people in my life, places, characters, landscapes,” etc. More likely, the tunes reflect funky records he has listened to and assimilated with a fine sense of what works artistically. The first tune Turtle Dove, reveals the guitarist’s sweet side. An affecting melodic line swings over a simple two-chord progression, with some flattering acoustic guitar backing. But when the band kicks in, a veritable category 5 storm blows up with the guitarist switching settings on his gorgeous Buscarino axe and indulging in first-rate shredding. For the non-guitaristic crowd, some indulgence is necessary. In fact, the vehemence […]

Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults : The New Lost Classics Of Resonance Vol. 1

Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults : The New Lost Classics Of Resonance Vol. 1

Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults : The New Lost Classics Of Resonance Vol. 1 HCD-2026, 77:37 ****: A number of tasty offerings designed to entice the most discriminating listeners.  (Jaki Byard; Dennis Coffey; Bill Evans; Tommy Flanagan; Stan Getz; João Gilberto;  Gene Harris; Shirley Horn; Freddie Hubbard; Thad Jones;  Scott LaFaro; Mel Lewis;  Charles LLoyd; Wes Montgomery; Sarah Vaughan; Larry Young) In the January 2017 (Issue #171) of The New York City Jazz Record, Resonance Records was chosen as one of the Best Labels of the Year 2016 in the non-profit category. While being a non-profit jazz label might be somewhat of an oxymoron, the owners of the label are to be commended as they have done a yeoman job of unearthing recordings of historical interest and bringing them to the listening public. This compilation Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults (back in day of LPs, such releases were called samplers) showcases a variety of tracks from either projects that the label already has on the market, or that would be forthcoming. There are a number of tasty offerings that should clearly entice listeners to purchase the entire album, depending on their musical proclivities. The bold-face names who are represented on […]

Joe Turner – The Boss Of The Blues – Atlantic Records (1956) /Pure Pleasure (2015)

Joe Turner – The Boss Of The Blues – Atlantic Records (1956) /Pure Pleasure (2015)

Joe Turner – The Boss Of The Blues – Atlantic Records (1956)/Pure Pleasure PPAN 1234 (2015), 44:49 mono vinyl *****: This is a perfect mixture of blues and jazz! (Joe Turner – vocals; Joe Newman – trumpet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Pete Brown – alto saxophone; Frank Weiss – tenor saxophone; Pete Johnson – piano; Freddie Green – guitar; Walter Page – bass; Cliff Leeman – drums; Jimmy Nottingham – trumpet; Sheldon Powell – tenor saxophone) The genesis of rock and roll can be traced to converted R&B players like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. They amalgamated blues, gospel and jazz to form a populist, rollicking free-for-all genre that has lasted six decades. Quintessential rockers have paid tribute to the early pioneers, especially blues artists. Notable performers like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt did their best to sustain this legacy, often recording and touring with their heroes. But even the rock and roll legends have a common thread to the past.  A lot of blues and jump swing artists learned their craft from jazz, and in particular big band jazz. Possibly the greatest link between jazz/blues and rock and roll is Big […]