Jazz The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/484.html Fri, 01 Jul 2022 01:04:39 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management pl-pl Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts - Megawatts (1991/2016) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/484-jefftainwatts/22524-jeff-tain-watts-megawatts-19912016.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/484-jefftainwatts/22524-jeff-tain-watts-megawatts-19912016.html Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts - Megawatts (1991/2016)

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1 - Black Nile
2 - Alycia
3 - The Impaler
4 - Rainbow
5 - Kasploosh
6 - You And The Night And The Music
7 - Dance Of The Niblets
8 - Opal Rose
9 - Blooski 

Kenny Kirkland - piano
Charles Fambrough - bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums

 

The reissue of this 1991 session -- Jeff "Tain" Watts' debut as a leader -- in 2004 suggested that the age of the neo-bopping "Young Lions" had already passed into history, and some of its artifacts were coming due for historical reappraisal. The mundane side of the story is that this release couldn't get properly distributed under this name in 1991 due to contractual conflicts, and went out under the title Thunder and Rainbows by the so-called band Jazz from Keystone. In any case, this disc's return on the omnivorous Sunnyside label is a welcome event -- mostly because of the strong playing by a trio of former Wynton-ites but also because it serves as a memorial for the late pianist Kenny Kirkland, who died in 1998. Predictably, for a piano trio session under a drummer's name, Kirkland dominates the session, whether flashing his considerable post-bop chops or displaying a Keith Jarrett-like lyrical bent in Jarrett's own "Rainbow." As a straight-ahead and highly musical if stylistically derivative pianist left mostly to his own devices, Kirkland is very impressive; indeed, this CD is one of the best examples of his work. But Watts and bassist Charles Fambrough are not left in the dust; with Kirkland, they continue the formidable team spirit and intense interplay that they developed in the Wynton Marsalis Quintet of the early '80s. They mix it up particularly well in a favorite Watts potboiler from the period, "The Impaler," as well as in the cha cha-driven groove of Fambrough's "Opal Rose," and they give Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile" a skilled post-bop ride. Only one Tin Pan Alley standard here, "You and the Night and the Music," which the threesome polishes off in a fleet straight-ahead rush. This session has truly transcended its time -- and there are new liner notes containing often valuable recollections by Watts and Fambrough. ---Richard S. Ginell, AllMusic Review

 

The trio of Jeff Watts, Kenny Kirkland and Charles Fambrough first united as the rhythm section of that first great Wynton Marsalis Quintet and played together for more than two years in the group that set jazz on its ears with its further exploration of the musical concepts that were born of the Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Following the (overly) well-publicized rift that resulted in the disbanding of the Marsalis quintet when Kirkland left with Branford to tour with Sting, Tain was reunited with the pianist in Branford’s new band and the two remained almost constant rhythm section mates for the duration of his life. It was Fambrough, who had previously left Wynton’s band to lead his own groups, that organized this date to feature on its own the unit that had propelled Marsalis to stardom. ---sunnysidezone.com

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Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – Watts (2009) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/484-jefftainwatts/933-watts09.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/484-jefftainwatts/933-watts09.html Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – Watts (2009)


01. Return of the Jitney Man (7:03)
02. Brekky With Drecky (5:36)
03. Katrina James (5:23)
04. Owed…(5:06)
05. Dancin' 4 Chicken (9:33)
06. Wry Koln (6:18)
07. Dingle – Dangle (6:38)
08. Devil's Ring Tone: The Movie (6:52
09. M'Buzai (3:06)
10. The Devil's Ring Tone (6:05)

Jeff "Tain" Watts: drums
Branford Marsalis: saxophones
Terence Blanchard: trumpet
Christian McBride: acoustic bass
Lawrence Fields: piano (4)

 

Noted for his distinct and propulsive style, the eminent drummer/composer Jeff "Tain" Watts is a longtime member of the Branford Marsalis quartet and a leading sideman for many artists; yet it's his own recordings as a leader that are the most telling. True to form, this eponymous release has plenty of the drummer's fireworks but also shows that the power of his pen is almost as mighty as his sticks, with compositions that contain humor, incredible swing, angular rhythms, and some social/political awareness.

Watts could not have assembled a better group of equally iconic jazz leaders— saxophonist Branford Marsalis, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and bassist Christian McBride. The compositions exploit the best from these consummate players, balancing individual freedoms and cohesive group unity. Branford's acrid tenor blows like no one else alongside Blanchard's stylized elastic brass-tones, trading notes and cutting hot solos while Watts and McBride's soulful bass form a rhythm section that would make Elvin Jones and Charles Mingus smile.

The overall energy flows better than on Watt's Dark Key debut release Folk's Songs (2007). From the vibing "Return of the Jitney Man," some N'awlins struttin'on "Katrina James" and wicked satire in "Devil's Ringtone (the movie)" which features a phone conversation between Satan and a client of former president George W. Bush, with a soundtrack from hell including torture and screams (a humorous commentary on that administration's eight years). A clean version of that track shows how the band articulates the music via a deep pocket groove and multiple changes including a New Orleans funeral march.

There's subtle depth here. Take the countrified bebop on the unforgettable "Dancin' 4 Chicken" heightened by McBride's stunning playing; Blanchard's silky voicing on the pseudo-Monk tune "Dingle - Dangle" and "Brekky With Drecky" dedicated to saxophonist Michael Brecker, based on an Ornette Coleman piece as Branford plays with laid back ease against a blues setting. A pleasant surprise is the singular ballad "Owed...," a lovely piece that features guest pianist Lawrence Fields.

Watts' persona (soulful, contemporary, street-wise, injected with swing and blues) permeates the music. Still at the top of his game, he expertly drives and massages the music with octopus-maneuvers and constantly changing traps. His exclamation point is forged on the imaginative soloing on "Wry Koln," the Latin-tinged burner which first appeared on Citizen Tain (Columbia Records, 1999) and the orchestrated isolation in "M'Buzai."

Watts resonates from start to finish and is one of Tain's best. ---Mark F. Turner, allaboutjazz.com

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