Sunday, March 13, 2011

Playing This Week in the Kevmobile

As always, I bring you the list of stuff that was playing in my car this week, with special emphasis on new arrivals:
  • MONDAY: Kenny Werner, Lawn Chair Society. The pianist covers a variety of moods and textures with an all-star band of Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley and Brian Blade.

  • TUESDAY: Jack DeJohnette, Parallel Realities. The drummer (who also plays synth bass on this effort) may be billed as the leader, but I like to see it as a totally equal partnership between him and the other two luminaries, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.

  • WEDNESDAY: Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Kind of Brown. The bassist extraordinaire leads his newest group through a spirited program of originals.

  • THURSDAY: Joshua Redman, Elastic. Still one of my two all-time favorite Redman albums (along with Mood Swing), the tenorist tears it up as he explores new territory with Sam Yahel (organ, keys) and Brian Blade (drums).

  • FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Chris Potter 10, Song for Anyone. In sort of a scaled-down version of Brecker's Quindectet, Potter explores new colors with string trio, woodwind trio and rhythm section, with compositions quite different from his jazz-rock group Underground (who released an album of their own on the same day as this one).

  • SUNDAY: Earl Harvin/Dave Palmer, Strange Happy. My two college classmates, joined by my former prof (Fred Hamilton), were better known as the Earl Harvin Trio (occasionally expanded to a quartet on this disc by another college classmate of mine, Chris McGuire, on tenor/bass clarinet). Here, they deliver a tasty set of acoustic originals, their last such outing before going in a more experimental direction when pianist Palmer switched primarily to Rhodes. Their once-a-year gigs in Dallas in the mid-Oughts were must-see events.
There are still more new things that I got from eMusic in the past week that haven't made the car rotation yet, so I'm sure they'll show up in next week's report. (The daily updates go out on Facebook and Twitter as well.)

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