Warren Smith - Old News Borrowed Blues (Music CD)
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Altogether a blues, "Lock the Toilet Door" was originally a solo drum piece, but in this form is fully orchestrated as Thelonious Monk-style jazz bop, with angular, scalloped melodies abounding. The lengthy "Rivers State Suite" has direct reggae inferences, shaker rhythms, and a horse gallop, with a funky, wholly Latin boogaloo component--even though it was inspired by a trip to Nigeria. "One More Lick for Harold Vick" is dedicated to the legendary soul-jazz saxophonist, but is a scattershot melody going back and forth from 13/8 to 7/8 time in a sliced and diced manner, while "The Hungarian Gypsy Song" is a dour slow funk, with the bright spot a soprano sax solo by Rivers. Another suite, "Free Forms" (in four parts), is the most improvisational selection, offering a quirky, free, up-and-down attitude, a deft bass solo from the always capable Shahid, and a dense Latin section followed by a "sorta" poetic vocal love song as recited by Smith in his own inimitable way. For those not aware of the incredible recordings from previous editions of the CWE, it's time to catch up, starting with this fabulous modern music display-- then please go back to earlier albums. OLD NEWS BORROWED BLUES is a strong candidate for best jazz CD of 2009.
- 1. Lock The Toilet
- 2. Rivers State Suite
- 3. Hungarian Gypsy Song
- 4. One More Lick For Harold Vick
- 5. Free Forms 1-4