Friday, July 15, 2016

John Rae - Opus de Jazz, vol. 2

In 1960, Savoy continued its Opus series with this tasty entry. Vibist John Rae's quintet delivers bright, sometimes cool, sometimes bluesy performances. It's a decidedly more modern approach than the swing-influenced Opus de Jazz led by Milt Jackson in 1955. Call it cocktail jazz with attitude, without compromise. That attitude comes through in the four John Rae originals, blues forms with bop harmonies and intriguing voicings. It's also there in the absorbing solo work, and in the high level of communication within the group. Rae tends to play a lot of notes, but his skittering lines work when set against the steady pulse of drummer Jake Hanna's cymbals and the relentless, walking bass of John Neves. With Hanna and Neves doing such a fine job, pianist Steve Kuhn frequently takes on the role of a colorist, inserting angular chords sparingly in his accompaniments, rather than assuming full-time duties in the rhythm section. The key player, though, is Bobby Jaspar, who is heard exclusively on flute. He has it all covered : blues, bop, ideas, technique, and a great tone; a breathy, vocal quality well-suited to blues phrasing; as well as command of precise articulation and the ability to play "pretty" when the occasion calls. Jaspar's skill is a natural progression from the pioneering jazz flute work of Frank Wess, who was on the original Opus de Jazz. This set is also of interest for its two Charlie Parker compositions. The quintet's "Ah-LeuCha" and "Parker's Mood" are at one and the same time faithful to the originals, yet reinterpreted enough to sound like fresh compositions.
Jim Todd

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3cfuxqqgld0e

John Rae
Opus de Jazz, vol. 2

Tracks

1 Potlikker Blues (Jaspar)  6:22
2 Ah-Leu-Cha (Parker)  6:56
3 Roll on Down (Rae)  6:28
4 Back Yard Blues (Jaspar)  6:30
5 By My Side (Bert, Doroth)  4:19
6 Parker's Mood (Parker)  5:38
7 Beat and Blue* (Rae)  7:17

* bonus track

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Personnel
John Rae - vb
Bobby Jaspar - fl
Steve Kuhn - p
John Neves - b
Jake Hanna - dr

Recorded in New York City ; December 6, 1960

20 comments:

Orbyt said...

This looks enticing, thank you Mel.

swingingduck said...

Thank you Mel.

Kneigh said...

Now this is JAZZ!! Listening to this for the 3rd time straight!! Many Thanx for this superb ear candy, Melanchthon!!
Kneigh

blbs said...

Una verdadera delicia!
Muchas Gracias Mel.

neil said...

Always up for someone new (as well as addding to my Bobby Jasper tracks. Many thanks, Mel...

Kovina Kris said...

Very intriguing lineup. Steve Kuhn is always great to listen to and one of my favorites.

Kovina Kris said...

...oops! Forgot to say Thanks!

Lexman said...

thanks for more B.J.

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Thanks once again for running this wonderful blog.

deGallo said...

Yes....great jazz here. Thank you.

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Jazzsoulman said...

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AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

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