There was a time not so long ago that I would be the first person at my local record shop to get the new Chris Potter or Dave Holland, or Mark Turner or Brad Mehldau or Josh Redman record. Then something happened to me. I lost all interest in buying anything that was new. This is not to disrespect the aforementioned people and their amazing talent. I’m not sure when or how it happened but I wasn’t interested in listening to people trying to push the envelope, playing tunes in time signatures that I didn’t even know existed, thinking in shapes and colors rather than harmony and melody etc. I wanted Hank Mobley, Blue Mitchell, Lee Morgan, George Coleman, early Miles, early Trane, Jimmy Heath etc. Or the new cats playing straight ahead like Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, John Webber, Jim Rotondi etc. etc.
This past weekend I bit on two releases only because have a subscription to DownBeat (although am questioning the reason why as I’m disappointed constantly) and they talked extensively about NINETY MILES featuring David Sanchez – tenor saxophone, Christian Scott – trumpet and Stefon Harris – vibraphone, pianist Rember Duharte and Harold López-Nussa and some other Cuban musicians and JAMES FARM featuring Josh Redman – tenor sax, Aaron Parks – piano, Eric Harland – drums and Matt Penman – bass.
I was pleasantly surprised by both releases. I wasn’t so much surprised by how good they were …I mean those musicians are all phenomenal but I was surprised with how much I liked each release. I need to give both a closer listen but it’s been a long time since I have been excited about 2 new releases.
I do have to say though, I bought a vinyl copy of MODERN JAZZ by EDDIE LOCKJAW DAVIS and it reminded me why I like the old stuff!
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