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Midnight Brew
     

Midnight Brew

by George Kahn
 
This coolly titled disc may never be as famous as Miles Davis' jazz standard Bitches Brew, but it's a groove-happy, musical potpourri that could inspire more jazz musicians, in this day and age of formatting, to think about the artistic joys of diversity. "Swiss Cheese" is funky, brassy be-bop on which the pianist/leader defers to saxman Eric Marienthal and

Overview

This coolly titled disc may never be as famous as Miles Davis' jazz standard Bitches Brew, but it's a groove-happy, musical potpourri that could inspire more jazz musicians, in this day and age of formatting, to think about the artistic joys of diversity. "Swiss Cheese" is funky, brassy be-bop on which the pianist/leader defers to saxman Eric Marienthal and trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez for a long spell before his feisty solo section. Before he can continue the swinging jazz on "A Bop For Billy" (dedicated to Billy Higgins), Kahn goes Latin crazy on a sexy cover of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing." Next it's time to go a little jazz-soul crazy on the thumping "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (more straightforward lines from Marienthal on this one) before the original punchy horn-driven Latin number "Otro Tur." Kahn's nimble soloing is a revelation, but he clearly has no trouble deferring to his better known cohorts, including singer Tierney Sutton and, most notably, Justo Almario, whose lush flute graces the breezy "Night Shadows" and the sashaying, straightahead cover of "Night and Day." He also includes tributes to the influences of Dave Brubeck and John Coltrane.Marienthal fans who miss his more adventurous "real jazz" playing will enjoy his exciting contributions here.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2002
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0602977050721
catalogNumber:
5637310208
Rank:
266402

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Performance Credits

George Kahn   Primary Artist,Piano
Justo Almario   Flute,Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Larry Koonse   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone
Kevin Ricard   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Bobby Rodriguez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tierney Sutton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Karl Vincent   Bass
M.B. Gordy   Drums

Technical Credits

Barrett Strong   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Eric Fahlborg   Engineer
George Kahn   Composer,Producer,Logo Design
Mark Berndt   Art Direction

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