Absolutely cool jazz Blue Muse – IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND: This eclectic album features some of the most absolutely cool jazz you’ve ever heard… an excellent group of players – Jarrett Carter, guitar; Cody Wheaton, bass; Javian Francis, piano; John Medico, drums; Jack Miller, drums; Sarah Lee, tenor sax and Steve Strawley, trumpet & flugelhorn… the video of the title track, “It Never Entered My Mind” (with a slightly different lineup) should be watched first…
…and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the Blue Muse Jazz channel on YouTube to watch many more exciting performances.
Their performance of Wayne Shorter’s “One By One” opens the album with just the kind of energy that jazz DJ’s around the planet seek for their playlists, and I predict this tune will be getting a LOT of airplay!
Horace Silver’s “Nutville” clocks in at 7:16, and the lively playing will have you tappin’ toes and snappin’ fingers for all 436 seconds… jazz horn lovers will be playing this track over and over (& OVER) again… the excellent recording captures every exciting note, especially if you scope it out with your headphones on.
The group just kills it as they perform another Wayne Shorter tune, “Sweet n Sour“… it conveys a sense of movement that true jazz lovers won’t be able to resist… this song made me decide to add the whole album to my iPhone player (only reserved for the very BEST jazz)!
The most amazing tune of the six offered up (for this listener, anyway) is the closer, “Ping Pong“… it was my immediate choice for personal favorite… the band carried me way back to my earliest days of jazz listening and playing.
I give Blue Muse a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this splendid jazz adventure. Get more information on the Blue Muse website. Rotcod Zzaj
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