Monday, August 19. 2013
Music: Current count 21899  rated (+30), 589  unrated (+15).
Rated count took a hit last week -- had a couple days I didn't write anything, sometimes listening to things I reshelved for later, sometimes old stuff. Still reached 30, which is my benchmark for a good week, by hitting up a lot of Rhapsody jazz. I've been on a Not Two kick since I got email from JazzLoft announcing a sale. Not actually a big discount, nor does the sale cover many records. Nothing I wound up buying: the first record I checked out -- Miniatures, by Theo Jörgensmann and the Oles Brothers -- made the A- grade, but nothing else did. (Half a dozen albums weren't on Rhapsody. I had previously graded Satoko Fujii: Zephyros A-, and David Murray: Circles was a [***] HM. Two more Rhapsody albums rated that high: Cosmosamatics: Reeds & Birds, and Daniel Carter: Chinatown. Details in a future Recycled Goods, with some newer records -- 2010 or later -- in Rhapsody Streamnotes.)
Another thing slowing Jazz Prospecting down is that quite a few albums I've been listening to aren't coming out until September. I did do a lot of unpacking this week, so my half-empty pair of baskets are closer to two-thirds full. Again, most of the incoming isn't slated for release until September.
No A- records this week, so I'm rerunning the cover scans from the last two weeks.
Jay Clayton: Harry Who?: A Tribute to Harry Warren (2013, Sunnyside): Singer, b. 1941 in Youngston, Ohio, with 14 albums since 1980, this one a tour through ten of the 800-plus songs Harry Warren (1893-1981, b. Salvatore Antonio Guaragna) wrote. Clayton is very matter-of-fact here, no vocal tics or scat, her accompaniment just pianist John Di Martino with occasional help by tenor saxophonist Houston Person, pretty matter-of-fact himself. B+(**)
Avishai Cohen With Nitai Hershkovits: Duende (2012 , Sunnyside): Bassist, from Israel, thirteen records since 1998, wrote six (of ten) pieces here, with covers from Coltrane, Monk, Cole Porter, and Nachum Hayman (the front half of a medley). Hershkovits is a pianist, also from Israel, first record here, just duets with the bassist. Nice touch, subtle flow. B+(***)
The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Feelin' Good (2012 , Origin): Drummer-led piano trio -- Johannes Bjerregaard on piano, Chris Luard on bass -- with DeMerle singing some and his wife Bonnie Eisele, listed as "featuring" on the cover, singing more. Live set starts with a couple instrumentals, then DeMerle sings "East of the Sun," "A Lotta Livin' to Do," and "Star Eyes" before introducing the more formidable Eisele, whose high points include "Cheek to Cheek" and "Fever," with the drummer getting some on "Sing, Sing, Sing." Some records back I had them pegged as in the Louis Prima-Keely Smith vein, but DeMerle's backed away from his comedy. Still a very genial leader of an enjoyable group. B+(**)
Fred Fried and Core: Core Bacharach (2013, Ballet Tree): Guitarist, plays an 8-string model, b. 1948, has at least ten albums since 1988, has used "Core" as his group name the last few. It's a trio with Michael Lavoie on bass and Miki Matsuki on drums. The songs this time come from Burt Bacharach, melodies so catchy they can handle the light and airy, tiptoe-on-the-strings approach. B+(*)
Nick Hempton: Odd Man Out (2012 , Posi-Tone): Alto saxophonist, from Australia, based in New York, third album, quintet with Michael Dease on trombone, Art Hirahara on piano, plus bass and drums. Hempton also plays some tenor. Two covers: Ellington and Randy Newman. B+(**)
Ray Mantilla: The Connection (2013, Savant): Percussionist, photos show him with congas and an early album was called Hands of Fire; b. 1934 in the Bronx, cut a few records for avant labels Inner City (1978) and RED (1984-2000); this is his third on Savant, vibrant if conventional Latin jazz, fine soprano and tenor sax by Willie Williams, lots of flute by Enrique Fernandez, a splash of trumpet from Guido Gonzalez. B+(**) [August 20]
Ricardo Silveira & Roberto Taufic: Atlânticos (2012 , Adventure Music): Two Brazilian guitarists. I've run into Silveira many times and am always impressed by his understated eloquence. Don't know Taufic, but he has a couple previous albums. Inside cover has photos of each with acoustic guitars, and indeed they seem to be going for something subtle and intricate -- perhaps too much so. B+(*) [August 20]
Steve Turre: The Bones of Art (2013, High Note): Trombone player, poll winner most years, treats his colleagues with a set of songs each featuring three trombones -- usually Frank Lacy and Steve Davis, but Robin Eubanks takes the slot on two cuts, one from each. Also with Xavier Davis (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Willie Jones III (drums), plus bongos and congas on the memorable closer. B+(***) [August 20]
Vinx: Love Never Comes Too Late (2012 , Dreamsicle Arts): Singer-songwriter Vincent De Jean Parrette, or as he puts it on his website, Vinx De'jon Parrette, has a handful of albums going back to a debut on Sting's Pangaea label in 1991. Describes this as "a nod to the magic of the original crooners," and cites Arthur Prysock first on his list -- soft as butter, silky smooth. B+(*)
Unpacking: Found in the mail last week: