Jazz Underground: Live at Smalls

Jazz Underground: Live at Smalls

     
 

This Impulse! recording is a tour of the free laboratory brewing potent jazz potions from a new generation of artists. On the first track three tenor saxes and one alto weave delicate and slick lines in front of a rhythm section that includes the naming bassist of the Omer Avital Group. A brighter, but no less full sound emanates from the piano-based Charles Owens…  See more details below

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This Impulse! recording is a tour of the free laboratory brewing potent jazz potions from a new generation of artists. On the first track three tenor saxes and one alto weave delicate and slick lines in front of a rhythm section that includes the naming bassist of the Omer Avital Group. A brighter, but no less full sound emanates from the piano-based Charles Owens Quartet. Owens is the confident, expressive tenor saxophonist in the group. A spirited rumble comes from the Jason Lindner Big Band. A Latin is feel lent by the lively drum, percussion and shekere. Seven brass horns keep the Big Band jumping. Returning to a piano foursome, the Zaid Nasser Quartet's Zaid plays alto, but deeply and lyrically. This makes "Everything Happens to Me" the first classic sounding and melancholy track we encounter. I half expect Johnny Hartman to being singing into the song. Three quarters of this group carry on into a septet named Across 7th Street. Here, Joe Magnarelli shines distinctly on trumpet. We revisit the Omer Avital Group for a maudlin reunion of its saxophone front ornamented exquisitely by Avital's. The track "I've Never been In Love Before" proves a fascinating exhibition of Omer's voice and dynamic he has through the bass. Before hearing again from the Charles Owen Quartet and the Jason Lindner Big Band, we are introduced to pianist Frank Hewitt's sextet. Featured are the saxophonists from Across 7th Street; Zaid Nasser (alto) and Chris Byars (tenor). Zaid presence on one third of the cuts is welcomed, due to his high talent on alto sax. On "Prince Albert" Zaid impresses greatly in a series of solos traded with Byars. Jazz Underground is replete in skill and artistry, coming across as a sure window the sounds today of jazz' future luminaries. The sixteen-page booklet is an excellent addition for its many pictures, track-by-track personnel listing and text on the club and its players.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1998
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105024525
catalogNumber:
245

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Owens   Tenor Saxophone
Omer Avital   Bass,Track Performer
Chris Byars   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Gant   Drums
Jimmy Lovelace   Drums
Joe Magnarelli   Trumpet
John Mosca   Trombone
Alexander Pope Norris   Trumpet
Diego Urcola   Trumpet
Grant Stewart   Tenor Saxophone
David Schumacher   Baritone Saxophone
Don Eaton   Shekere
Myron Walden   Alto Saxophone
Ned Goold   Tenor Saxophone
Dorothy Anita Taylor   Flute
Jason Lindner   Piano
Joel Frahm   Tenor Saxophone
Ari Roland   Bass
Avi Lebovich   Trombone
Kahlil Kwame Bell   Percussion
Daniel Freedman   Drums
Charles Owens   Tenor Saxophone
Zaid Nasser   Alto Saxophone
Joe Strasser   Drums
Frank Hewitt   Piano

Technical Credits

Matt Dennis   Composer
Charles Owens   Composer
Steve Backer   Producer
Katsuhiko Naito   Engineer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Jim Macnie   Liner Notes
Tom Adair   Composer
Mitch Borden   Producer
Greg Christie   Cover Illustration
David Baker   Engineer
Joshua Marc Levy   Illustrations
Mitch Borden   Producer

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