Ragtime jazz roots – Chris Washburne – RAGS AND ROOTS: It’s been a while since I reviewed Chris’s splendid ragtime work… issue # 157 featured his lively trombone and vocal work, just as this new release does. Samples weren’t to be found (yet) on the web, so I won’t be able to link them, but I can tell you that this April 7, 2017 release is well worth the purchase, even if only for your “jazz history” collection. That’s especially true for swingin’ “Bamboula“, with some fantastic piano work by Andre Mehmari, as well as all the other players on the album… Chris’s trombone, of course, with Alphonso Horne trumpet, vocals; Evan Christopher clarinet, vocals; Hans Glawischnig bass, vocals; Vince Cherico drums, vocals and Sarah Elizabeth Charles vocals.
There’s even a ragtime tune from Brazil (by Ernesto Nazareth), called “Odeon“… tis music definitely makes you feel alive, and will fill your heart (not to mention your feet) with joy; the lively percussion on “A La Cote Gain Femm” (a kind of “Voodoo jazz”, from Haiti), features a fantastic vocal from Sarah Elizabeth Charles… I loved this one, and have no doubt you will as well… if you’ve never “gone tribal”, you certainly will while you’re enjoying this one.
The most impressive song of the twelve offered up (for this reviewer, anyway) is the simply titled “Here’s One“, originally composed by William Grant Still. I just LOVED the powerful vocal and slow, shifting, movements on this song. I give Chris & his crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine collection of songs. Get more information at the Zoho music page for this release. Rotcod Zzaj
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