Bob Ferrel top jazz trombone Bob Ferrel – BOB FERREL’S JAZZTOPIAN DREAM: Though the press sheet says that Bob’s jazz trombone work is a “best kept secret”, it also makes note of the fact that he’s been playing for over 40 years, so he’s just as “out there” as his work is… as you listen to mighty fine tunes like the 7:22 “Alter Ego“, his musical genius will be immediately evident to your ears – rest assured… truly one of the hippest jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2017!
While Bob’s trombone is right out at the forefront of the mix, you’ll also hear many other high-end players… Vinnie Cutro-Trumpet, Rob Henke-Trumpet, Joe Ford-Alto Sax, Frank Elmo-Tenor Sax, Roy Nicolosi-Baritone Sax, Sharp Radway-Piano, Hector Davila-Piano, Daryl Johns-Bass, Steve Johns-Drums, Dwight West-Vocals – and they all perform with the kind of jazz-fueled energy you would expect in Jazztopia… one of the best examples of that is “Inner Glimpse“, which lets you (almost) see inside Bob’s head… just LISTEN to that ultra-cool jazz sound… thick & dripping with the kind of soul all the jazz masters would be proud of!
The vocal from Dwight on “Don’t Go To Strangers” takes me way back, memory-wise, to when I first started listening to cats like Sammy Davis, Jr., & others who know just how to “play” the phrases; and the players literally make Dwight’s words come ALIVE!
Of the ten songs offered up (nearly an hour’s worth, by the way), it is definitely the 4:53 closer, “Every Day I Have the Blues” that is my personal choice for favorite… Bob, the band & Dwight just BRING THE HOUSE DOWN on their rendition of this high-energy tune! I give Bob & his folks a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine album! Get more information about Bob via his Facebook page. Rotcod Zzaj
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