Inventive intriguing bass led jazz Jay Anderson – DEEPSCAPE: Jay’s bass intro on the 2:09 opening title track, “Deepscape“, reminds me (a lot) of the old ECM albums… his pacing on the bass is absolute perfection, and your ears will be most pleasantly surprised when it jumps to the next track, “Shades of Jazz“, with it’s bright horns and upbeat playing… a super transition.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a YouTube channel for Jay, so I can’t include anything from this new release (if anyone knows where his channel is, please let me know right away)… that’s a minor point, though, because performances of tunes like Gil Evans’ “Time Of The Barracudas” will give you full insight into Jay’s masterful abilities, & all the other highly talented players make this a truly memorable jazz excursion (Billy Drewes on Soprano and Alto Saxophones, Kirk Knuffke on Cornet, Matt Wilson on Drums, Frank Kimbrough on Harmonium and Rogério Boccato on Percussion)!
“Southern Smiles” isn’t quite the laid-back slo-mo type of piece the title might give you the impression of being… this was originally recorded by Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet, but Jay & his players add their totally unique style to the piece for an entirely pleasant jazz listen. What you’ll notice immediately about the group is that they convey a sense of JOY that many jazz bands don’t have these days.
Of the eleven excellent tunes Jay offers up for your jazz enjoyment, it is his original composition, “Momentum“, that (easily) won my pick for personal favorite… I have little doubt that those late-night jazz DJ’s will be spinning this one over and over again… it’s definitely award-winning level jazz!
I give Jay and his high energy players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this absolutely unique and enjoyable jazz adventure. Get more information on Jay’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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