This review is courtesy of BetterBaking.co and contributor, Jonathan Goldman, www.JonathanGoldmanMusic.com
The first time I ever heard Oliver Jones play the piano I could have sworn it had more keys. His latest album entitled “Second Time Around” is no exception. What’s more is Mr. Jones surrounds himself with musicians equal to the task – Eric Lagacé on bass and Jim Doxas on drums. The result is hard swinging total group statement. The disc contains 6 originals and 5 standards ranging from a tender rendition of Heyman and Young’s “When I Fall in Love” to Jones’ can’t-help-but-feel-good “Simple Blues”. Jones’ unpretentious, yet inventive playing culminates in 59 minutes of pure joy. Simply put: Oliver Jones is a jazz giant no matter the tempo, style or era. More info can be found at http://www.justin-time.com/authors/oliverjones/.
Reviewed by Jonathan Goldman
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OneUpOneDown, Cameron Wallis
Montrealer Cameron Wallis shows a sophistication beyond his years and a musical arranging far away and above from the regular jazz pack. Sensitive stylings, slick, inventive rhythms, appealing ‘color’ in memorable tunes, and a moody sensitivity you don’t often find, even in this golden age of jazz. Voice of Reason is the tune that got me hooked – when I first heard it on CBC radio. You can also listen on Itunes.ca, or check out amazon.com or Wallis’ own site to order. There is something tender, lilting, and fusion/jazz pulse to this particular CD – that is like a breath of fresh air in a smoky room. Don’t miss it! Forget the American Idol auditions –this is where real music, important music is happening. Maria Schneider Orchestra
Wow – that’s all you will say after you hear a few cuts of this amazing CD by the most competent composer, performer, creator, Maria Schneider. As Schneider writes in the liner notes, she has searched (and found) softer hues and more intricate textures’ largely influenced by a love of dance and movement. Allegresse should be required listening - it is a jazz with a bit of fusion and will transfix you with its colors.
In a world of jazz giants and celebrities, Doug Talley emerges as a unique voice. He boasts a warm, lyrical tone and refreshingly melodic imagination. Talley’s choice of material is also unique consisting of jazz standards and originals, among them a suite of tunes depicting Kansas City (the Mecca of jazz) and a blues inspired by Schubert’s lied The Erl King. His latest release is entitled By Request
David Renter’s second release as leader entitled Everywhere I Go contains a set of originals and the odd jazz standard or Willie Nelson cover. Renter’s originals provide a fresh interpretation of traditional jazz forms such as blues, bossa nova, as well as some modern post bop numbers. While his compositions are more modern sounding, Renter’s harmonic and rhythmic imagination suggest a swing pedigree. Renter’s unique perspective combined with his lean post-bop sound set this up and comer apart.
Take a foundation of solid jazz musicianship, spin on the Latin dial, add in touch of flamenco, a savvy saxophone from Spain, the incredible drum work of Marc Miralta and glue it together with Javier Colina on bass. This is sophisticated but warm jazz that is a mix of the Americas and Europe that is yet another land. It is fresh and yet – so solid – which is what you expect from this incredible jazz dream team.