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Monday, January 22, 2018

CD Review: Greg Cordez - Last Things Last.

Michael Blake (tenor); Steve Cardenas (guitar): Greg Cordez (bass guitar); Kirk Knuffke (cornet); Allison Miller (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The theme is that of coincidence - you can read about all this at the bottom of the page and decide whether it bears any relevance to the music heard. Whether or not it does or does not is in the ears of the beholder - listeners may just prefer to listen without any hifalutin distractions.
You won't be disappointed, the music is superb. The blurb lists
influences such as Reid Anderson, Todd Sickafoose - whoever they are - along with Charlie Haden (I know who he is!) but, overall, I get the feeling that the omnipresent figure is Mingus. Which is no bad thing.

The writing seems to draw a lot on Mingus' harmonies although I'm sure Charlie Haden's influence is also well felt.
Solid soloing, Blake's tenor sounds like a saxophone should sound whilst Knuffke is lyrical, unlike so many of the newer players, and the two form a beautiful frontline. Cardenas is an equally impressive soloist whilst leader, bassist, composer, Cordez holds it all together with some assists from Allison Miller.
The album is released on February 16 with a launch concert 3 days later at the Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol, maybe they'll visit Newcastle.
Maybe they won't, so buying the CD is the next best option.
And it's not a bad option at all!
Lance

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