Feel the Blues with all that Jazz
English (United Kingdom)Polish (Poland)
Home Jazz John Beasley John Beasley - Positootly! (2009)

John Beasley - Positootly! (2009)

User Rating: / 0
PoorBest 

John Beasley - Positootly! (2009)

Image could not be displayed. Check browser for compatibility.


1 	Caddo Bayou	5:04
2 	Positootly!	4:32
3 	Dindi	5:30
4 	Black Thunder	6:41
5 	Shatita Boom Boom (Club Desire)	4:58
6 	Tanguedia III	5:29
7 	Elle	4:53
8 	So Tired	4:45
9 	8 Winds	4:51
10 	Hope...Arkansas	2:32

John Beasley - piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer
Bennie Maupin - tenor and soprano saxophones
Brian Lynch - trumpet
James Genus - bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums
Munyungo Jackson - percussion

 

On Positootly!, pianist John Beasley explores a variety of styles for a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating experience. Each track benefits immensely from the indelible touch of drumming great Jeff "Tain" Watts, in alliance here with percussionist Munyungo Jackson.

Hailing from Louisiana, Beasley started playing in the late seventies, getting his seasoning with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Dianne Reeves. Lately, he has gravitated towards composing for film and television, but he continues to release new music and tour with his band.

This recording follows-up Letter to Herbie (Resonance, 2008), in which Beasley presented an impressionistic take on Herbie Hancock's music. Besides Watts and Jackson on drums, the musicians participating here are bassist James Genus, along with the blistering front line of saxophonist Bennie Maupin and trumpeter Brian Lynch.

Most numbers are Beasley originals with three notable exceptions. The standout is a knockout rendition of, Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla's tango "Tanguedia III." On most selections, Beasley plays piano, but here he uses Fender Rhodes and synthesizer to create bandoneon accordion effects essential to tango. It's uniquely tango-jazz all the way in 2/4 start-stop fashion, building to a dynamic climax

Other selections range from funk and soul to bop and bossa nova. Staying in a South American vein, Beasley puts forth his take on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi." Genus' bass sets the tone for this soft reflective piece, with the piano delivering softly swaying interludes. Watts and Jackson, as expected, add complexity to the beat.

A further highlight is Beasley's "Black Thunder," dedicated to the late drummer Elvin Jones, and featuring Watts as a positive dynamo with pounding sticks. Maupin and Lynch deliver stirring solos as well. On Beasley's vigorous "The Eight Winds," Lynch's muted trumpet effectively leads the pianist into a burning,double-time solo, again resolutely backed by the churning drum duo.

For hard boppers, there is Beasley's opener, "Caddo Bayou," featuring the whole band in this energized tribute to the leader's hometown. For soulful funk there is Bobby Timmons "So Tired," with Beasley again On Fender Rhodes, framing Maupin's strong tenor solo. ---Larry Taylor, allaboutjazz.com

download (mp3 @320 kbs):

yandex mediafire ulozto gett bayfiles

 

back

Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 October 2019 13:57)

 

Before downloading any file you are required to read and accept the
Terms and Conditions.

If you are an artist or agent, and would like your music removed from this site,
please e-mail us on
abuse@theblues-thatjazz.com
and we will remove them as soon as possible.


Polls
What music genre would you like to find here the most?
 
Now onsite:
  • 170 guests
Content View Hits : 96444622