Bebop Spoken There
Tim Berne: "My guys improvise. They're not going to do something just because it works, or it worked the night before." - (Downbeat December 2004.)
Barry McRae: “Arguments about the importance or even the necessity for improvisation in jazz are never likely to be resolved.” – (Jazz Journal December 1992)
Today Tuesday January 24
Saturday, April 30, 2016
CD Review: Chris Ziemba - Manhattan Lullaby
(Review by Lance).
I can't understand why it took me so long to get around to this album - it's so much more accessible than most of the pretentious outpouring of tortured souls on the discs that I receive for review. I don't suppose they [no names no pack drill] really are tortured souls - perhaps they should be!
Ziemba's soul certainly isn't tortured, How could it be? This is Manhattan, a cradle of metropolitan culture, of which he's painting a musical picture!
Ziemba won a jazz piano competition in Jacksonville back in 2011. A couple of years previous he appeared on the late Marian McPartland's legendary radio programme, Piano Jazz. As that show is widely regarded as one of the best ever, and long-running, live jazz shows it indicates just how highly Ziemba was rated even then.
Seven originals plus Harry Warren's I Wish I Knew make up the disc. It's such a delight to hear a pianist who displays the swing of Peterson with the subtlety of Bill Evans. I don't know how old he is but, from the photo, I guess he's young! Which means he may develop even further, and make more terrific albums such as this.
I digress, this is a trio, occasionally, a quartet session and the sidemen are integral with what's happening. Glawischnig doesn't grab the limelight but, when the spotlight falls he shines. And when it doesn't, he still shines complementing Ziemba every bar of the way.
Jimmy McBride! A great down to earth name for a drummer! Even before you hear him you know he's going to swing the ass off everyone. If he'd been christened Piers or Gervaise, I'd have reserved judgement but Jimmy? I just knew...
Michael Thomas makes fleeting appearances on bass clarinet and alto sax. His work on the latter instrument, really impressive - wanted more (I suspect he's Mike on alto and Michael on bass clarinet).
I may hear a better piano album this year but I'm not holding my breath!
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Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)