|matt wilson july hymn - as wave follows wave|
|dave douglas on the milky way express - stargazer|
|james carter la derniere bergere - chasin' the gypsy|
|joel frahm & brad mehldau oleo - don't explain|
i first knew of joel frahm from his work with the matt wilson quartet (with yosuke inoue on bass and the irrepressible andrew d'angelo on alto saxophone & bass clarinet), and have kept one eye on him ever since. my friend joop still proudly tells me the story of how frahm, chris potter's old roommate, served joshua redman in a jam session at small's. frahm is certainly underrated, but cutting records like this with brad mehldau takes him down the right path to notoriety and appreciation. brad's playing here is phenomenal, per usual, and frahm meets him every step of the way. i feel silly telling you that my favorite part is the first 4 bars of the chart, especially the change at 0:03.
|kurt rosenwinkel fall - reflections|
hear ye, hear ye. kurt rosenwinkel is the real deal holyfield. he is such a great guitar player, maybe my favorite out there (especially since c.c. deville has become a lexicographer). i first knew of his playing in human feel with his northwest cronies. kurt's work with mark turner is some of my favorite, and hearing him kill on rhodes with rebecca martin makes me want to hang it up for good. this track comes off the standards trio album with fellow iowan joe martin on bass and marcus gilmore behind the drums. the treatment of this often nebulous tune is smart and feels good. kurt fascinates me with both his single line ideas and how he hears (and provides) soloistic supplementary comping in his own solo. this knack is on display in my favorite part at 1:42 with his countrified comp in the middle of the form .
it took me awhile to discover sting's music, but there's no turning back now. he can really write, sing, is a passable bassist, is allegedly way into that tantric business, and has collaborated with everyone from zappa to gil evans to pavarotti. i like the records he toured with branford marsalis, omar hakim, kenny kirkland, and daryl jones. there is a super cool documentary of this group taking this music out on the road. one of the better tunes from his album dream of the blue turtles is the gem children's crusade. i like its melodic line and harmonic movement. i used to play this tune a bunch in my undergrad years, and my favorite spot from the studio version shows up at 4:24, when the bassist plays a wonderful fill for two beats. makes my day.