Masterful jazz drumming leadership Jack Mouse – INTIMATE ADVERSARY: I can’t tell you (exactly) how many times I’ve reviewed drummer Jack Mouse’s masterful jazz drumming work, but I can say that the most current review was in issue # 157, where he got (as usual) very HIGH marks from my ears… on his new album, in addition to his drums, you’ll hear Scott Robinson on tenor saxophone, Art Davis’s trumpet & flugelhorn, John McLean on guitar and Bob Bowman doing bass… what you’ll realize as soon as you start listening to songs like the blues oriented “Old, New & Used Testaments” (no samples yet; I’ll come back and add them in as soon as the album goes live in early January, 2019), is that Jack’s music is “different” in a BIG way… in fact, that’s exactly why I always eagerly anticipate his next release.
If jazz ballads are your preference, you’ll be diggin’ down DEEP into “Twas Never Thus” (with some very unique key changes)… Art’s brass is just amazing on this piece, and the recording is absolutely flawless!
Since free improvisation is more my listening style, I fell in love immediately with the closer, the 6:58 “Three Free”… Jack truly “leads” on this one, but each of the players has their say as well… one of the best drum-led improvisations I’ve listened to (yet) in 2018.
Of the nine cutting-edge tunes offered up for our aural adventure, I found “Nineteen Sixty Five” to be my personal favorite… this was actually Jack’s first composition (in 1965, of course).
I give Jack and his musical cohorts a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fantastic release. Learn more about Jack and his projects on the Jack Mouse website. Rotcod Zzaj
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