Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Drummer Mike Clark has run the gamut of grist-of-the-mill modern jazz and funk on a handful of recordings, best represented on his 1989 Stash CD, Give the Drummer Some. This album exceeds all his previous dates with regard to the vitality of this music, the high-level musicianship of all the players, and the fact that Clark happily wears his influences on his sleeve. You hear clear references to Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Elvin Jones in his playing, while stylistically Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw come to mind. The result is retro hard bop made current by the ferocious playing of the band, which includes alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpeter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Drummer Mike Clark has run the gamut of grist-of-the-mill modern jazz and funk on a handful of recordings, best represented on his 1989 Stash CD, Give the Drummer Some. This album exceeds all his previous dates with regard to the vitality of this music, the high-level musicianship of all the players, and the fact that Clark happily wears his influences on his sleeve. You hear clear references to Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Elvin Jones in his playing, while stylistically Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw come to mind. The result is retro hard bop made current by the ferocious playing of the band, which includes alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpeter Christian Scott, and bassist Christian McBride. Earning high honors are tenor saxophonist and composer Jed Levy and especially pianist Patrice Rushen, who emerges from the shadows of her commercially oriented life to provide a truly stellar, inspired, and driven performance on acoustic piano. The CD kicks off with two outstanding pieces, both penned by Levy, and never lets up until the end. "In the House" is hard bop personified à la McCoy Tyner, similar to the classic "Milestones," and has tenor man and composer Levy channeling John Coltrane cum Joe Lovano. The superlative "Like That" mixes and matches modal jazz styles, commanded by the outstanding rhythm section, with Rushen assimilating a Native American idea very much in the spirit of Don Pullen. Clark wrote or co-wrote three of these pieces, and acknowledges assistance from fellow drummer/composer Towner Galaher. "Loft Funk" suggests the R&B beat Clark earned early recognition for via work with Herbie Hancock, but is a clear adaptation of the theme from the Eddie Harris evergreen "Freedom Jazz Dance," with Rushen and McBride digging in. "Morning Becomes Electra" is co-written with Galaher and sounds like a latter-period Jazz Messengers tune when Harrison was with them. "Conchita's Dance" refers to the Woody Shaw/Louis Hayes book of music in stance and dynamics, as Rushen's ringing chords drive the group onward. "Past Lives" claims a lot of street cred, whereas Scott's influences of Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Shaw, and especially Terence Blanchard come to the fore here and during his feature, the loose post-bop "Clark Kent." The sound of Wynton Marsalis is also a factor during the sly and deep underground track "10th Ave. 1957," with Harrison's film noir alto up front. In appreciation of Blakey, "Thanks Len" shuffles along in a style that is clearly copped, but with love and respect. An excellent effort for Clark and this band, it comes easily recommended to those whose mainstream jazz jones needs a quick fix or a revitalized pump up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Talking House
  • UPC: 827912078060
  • Catalog Number: 809018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the House (6:01)
  2. 2 Like That (6:35)
  3. 3 10th Ave. 1957 (6:44)
  4. 4 Past Lives (7:03)
  5. 5 Thanks Len (4:46)
  6. 6 Loft Funk (7:47)
  7. 7 Clark Kent (9:09)
  8. 8 Conchita's Dance (7:54)
  9. 9 Morning Became Electra (7:06)
  10. 10 I Want to Talk About You (10:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Clark Primary Artist, Drums
Patrice Rushen Piano
Jed Levy Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Donald Harrison Alto, Alto Saxophone
Christian McBride Bass, Upright Bass
Christian Scott Trumpet
Technical Credits
Billy Eckstine Composer
Mike Clark Composer, Liner Notes
Jed Levy Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Tim Ouimette Composer
Christian Scott Composer
Pete Krawiec Engineer
Paul MacD Ruxton Art Direction
Towner Galaher Composer
Linda Reynolds Composer
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