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Live at the Dirty DogErnie Krivda (Saxophone), Claude Black (Piano), Dan Kolton (Bass), Renell Gonsalves (Drums)The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe is located in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Basically a highly rated restaurant with a Jazz policy, it was established in 2008 and presents a pleasant setting, either at the bar or the tables, for Jazz listening. And from my observations the Cafe also treats the musicians with respect, offering food, a reasonable playing area, and a pleasant and comfortable room for between-sets relaxation. Something musicians have learned to never take for granted and which should be the norm not the exception. Having issued recordings by Ernie Krivda (b.1945, Cleveland, OH) in a number of settings, I felt this was a good chance to record Ernie in a new setting in some different but familiar company. Claude Black (b.1932, Detroit, MI) is a veteran of the Midwest Jazz scene, one of those locals with whom all the circuit players choose to play. Claude was a contemporary of most of the Boppers who emerged from the Detroit area in the ‘50s and who eventually migrated to New York and became Bop headliners. Claude, originally a capable trombonist, chose to stay in the Detroit area for reasons of family. His earliest work included a brief stint with Billie Holiday and, in 1948 made his first recording with fellow Detroiter, Don Byrd. Later he toured for two years with Aretha Franklin before settling in as house pianist at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Since the mid ‘80s he has been playing at Murphy’s Place (Toledo, OH). Little of Claude’s work has been issued on recordings and so his discography is slight (even slighter as he is misidentified as Claude Blake on Oliver Jackson’s Paris recording [February 28, 1984] for the Black & Blue label —discographers note). Claude and Renell Gonsalves (b.1948, Detroit, MI) often play with Ernie at Murphy’s. Renell also is little documented on record (Keith Vreeland trio, Sheila Landis-Rich Matle group) and, as the son of Paul, he is of a Jazz royal lineage. Dan Kolton (b.1958, Detroit, MI) also has an Ellington connection as he played bass in that band (under Mercer) for about a year and a half. Aside from that, he has based himself in various locales and has also been represented on few releases (sometimes misidentified as Don). The music on this CD comes near the end of the quartet’s residency at The Dirty Dog. The material is presented in the order it was played and comes from the first and third sets. I’ll Remember April was the last performance from the first set and the remainder of the recording documents the entire third set. The music speaks for itself: what you hear is what was played. What cannot be seen by the listener is Claude’s energized and enthusiastic clapping of time on A Blues By Any Other Name, spontaneously inspired during the part when Ernie and Renell are going head to head as Claude and Dan sat out. Good times. -Robert D. Rusch - March 27, 2009 DiscoversCargo Cult (Primary), Tomas Ulrich (Primary), Michael Bisio (Primary), Rolf Sturm (Primary)This is Cargo Cult’s fourth recording (Cadence Jazz 1214, CIMPs 375, 380) and this trio is continuing to find interest in their ever evolving concepts: always musical. Their last release had them addressing covers/standards. This time out they all contribute originals, compositions strong enough in their musicality to stop you in your tracks. If you haven’t tested the Cargo Cult waters, do so and find out what has CIMP so excited. Lonely House (Covers)Tomas Ulrich (Cello), Rolf Sturm (Guitar), Michael Bisio (Bass), Cargo Cult (Primary)Tomas Ulrich's Cargo Cult: certainly one of the definitive string groups of the 21st century and perhaps the most versatile and expansive. This latest release follows up CIMP 375 and Cadence Jazz 1214 with a recording that references a wide range of compositions. The inspirations here range from Leadbelly to Monk. Definitely an enchanting and fun listening experience. To The RoachOdean Pope (Tenor Saxophone), Matt Davis (Guitar), Michael Taylor (Bass), Craig McIver (Drums)Odean Pope is a master of improvised music in both technique and thought. A distinguished and distinguishable voice, his latest CIMP event finds him playing tribute to his "boss" of 20 years, Max Roach. This session finds Odean outfitted with a new quartet featuring guitar—unprecedented in the Pope discography. No need to pontificate further. This is pure Pope—a broad view from the typically more lyrical to arguably his most volcanic work on record. There's a surpise at the end of this recording: a few moments of something very special albeit in low low fidelity. This is the complete Pope. Double DiploidSteve Swell (Trombone), David Taylor (Bass Trombone), Warren Smith (Percussion), Chad Taylor (Percussion)Whoa! Two trombones and two percussionists? What can this be? What it is is music of great rhythm, drive, humor, intensity, and downright fun. If you've come across the talents of either or both Messrs. Swell and Taylor, then you know the contrast of their brilliance. Add in Warren Smith (a senior percussion master) and Chad Taylor (no longer just in the underground) and you have a quartet of great capabilities—even of accomplishing the musical Double Diploid, and more the fun for it. Twice the pleasure just for the asking. Brother SoulCarl Grubbs (Saxophone), Salim Washington (Saxophone), Steve Neil (Bass), Ronnie Burrage (Drums)For a man whose life has not always been easy, Carl Grubbs' music often resonates joy and optimism. On this recording he resurrects the 2-sax front line that he made so notable with The Visitors, the group he co-led with his late brother, Earl. Salim Washington, another under documented saxman, joins the front line on a program that revisits some of the best of the Grubbs Brothers' compositions along with some fine new works and a jaunty cover of "Smile." Recorded June 20 & 21, 2005.
Stellar SaxErnie Krivda (Saxophone), Bob Fraser (Guitar), Dominick Farinacci (Trumpet), Jeff Halsey (Bass), Carmen Intorre (Drums)One of the most distinctive and uncompromised stylists in Jazz, this new release from the quintet offers up four extended explorations including some new Krivda compositions, plus a fascinating solo invention off "Stella By Starlight." Sharing the front-line as he has on four other Krivda releases is Dominick Farinacci (trumpet) while Bob Fraser (g) and Carmen Intorre (d) also return. And Jeff Halsey's big bass finally reunites with Krivda after a long association that began in 1985. Recorded June 15 & 16, 2005. The Mystery of Prince LashaPrince Lasha (Saxophone), Odean Pope (Saxophone), Tyrone Brown (Bass), Craig McIver (Drums)Prince Lasha returns to the recording scene. Fifty years ago, the Texas sax man and schoolmate of Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, and Charlie Moffett was part of the original cast of new music improvisers. Here he's in the company of Odean Pope and his trio—a formidable group by themselves. As the Producer's Notes encourage, "Enjoy the music and the adjustments it might bring." Recorded April 5, 2005 Lost in the StarsMarc Pompe (Vocals), Curt Warren (Guitar), Nick Tountas (Bass), Rusty Jones (Drums)Marc Pompe is a Jazz singer. At 68 years this is only his third release and it's on CIMP, so you know he must be the real thing. Backed by a trio equal to his hipness, he makes memorable Pompe interpretations of 14 Jazz standards and 1 original. Hip, tender, and poignant: another original voice. Recorded August 30 & 31, 2004.
Two DreamsOdean Pope (Tenor Sax), Carl Grubbs (Alto Sax), Tyrone Brown (Bass), Craig McIver (Drums)Odean Pope is a master, arguably one of a handful of great tenor saxists on the scene today. Always up for the challenge, there is nothing casual or throwawy on a Pope/CIMP encounter and this one is no exception. Hard, thoughtful, and clearly defined, this is classic Bop of the post Bop era. Recorded January 22, 2004. Two DreamsOdean Pope (Tenor Sax), Carl Grubbs (Alto Sax), Tyrone Brown (Bass), Craig McIver (Drums)Odean Pope is a master, arguably one of a handful of great tenor saxists on the scene today. Always up for the challenge, there is nothing casual or throwawy on a Pope/CIMP encounter and this one is no exception. Hard, thoughtful, and clearly defined, this is classic Bop of the post Bop era. Recorded January 22, 2004. Steve Swell's Suite for Players, Listeners and other DreamersSteve Swell (Trombone), Will Connell (Alto Sax, Flute, Bass Clarinet), Roy Campbell (Trumpet, Flute), Charles Burnham (Violin), Francois Grillot (Bass), Kevin Norton (Percussion)Over the 8 years Steve Swell has been recording for CIMP, he has produced a little less than a dozen projects, all of them distinct and purposeful. This latest effort may be his most ambitious to date, a large scale work that retains the intimacy and personality of a smaller work with the power and impact of the larger concept. A solid statement from a trombonist now considered to be a major talent on the post Bop, creative improvised music scene. Recorded July 16 & 17, 2003. Birds of BaghdadCharles Eubanks (Piano)This is Charles’ follow-up to his award-nominated first solo recording (CIMP 250). Over the 9 tracks here, Charles explores only 3 standards (Trinkle Tinkle/ Dig/ Cup Bearers) mixed in with his soulfully probing original narratives. Recorded June 24, 2003, Canton, NY. ConscriptionTom Abbs (Bass, Tuba), Brain Settles (Tenor Sax, Flute), Okkyung Lee (Cello), Chad Taylor (Drums, Vibes)Form and finesse are what this music exposed. Tom Abbs is becoming a force in the NYC area, but his talents are on a world scale. As this recording demonstrates, even at the beginning of a career, Tom Abbs is producing distinctive music. Recorded April 21 & 22, 2003, Rossie, NY.
Leave it to LutherLuther Thomas (Alto Sax), Ethan Mann (Guitar), Brian Smith (Bass), Cliff Barbaro (Drums)287 Luther Thomas (alto sax) - Ethan Mann - (guitar) - Brian Smith (bass) - Cliff Barbaro (drums)
Leave It to Luther
The distinct energized sound of Luther Thomas is all over the 9 cuts on this CD which includes "Groovin' High," "Body & Soul," and "'Round Midnight." Unexpected is the presence of Ethan Mann’s hip and complementary guitar work. Like Luther, this music is irrepressible. Recorded April 15, 2003, Rossie, NY.
Leave It To Luther - Belona - Tatjana - Body and Soul - Groovin' High - Luther's Theme - Nova Zembla - Up South - 'Round Midnight NorthCountry PieDavid Wertman (Bass), Charlie Kohlhase (Alto Saxophone), Lou Grassi (Drums)Kohlhase and Grassi are familiar names to improvised listeners, but bassist David Wertman has been off the creative improvised recording scene since the 1980s. And there are enough bass features that you'll see he's a talent with more than journeyman abilities. Fresh music from fresh personalities, accessible but still demanding. Recorded June 17 & 18, 2002. New BeginningsCharles Eubanks (Piano)Charles Eubanks, veteran of the 60's Motown studios, respected sideman in bands and on recordings of Oliver Lake, Dewey Redman, Kevin Eubanks, etc., has never recorded as a leader prior to this. Now the world at large gets to hear why Mr. Eubanks, a musician's musician, is so highly respected. Here is the musing of a true Jazz eclectic in a style that may at times suggest a range from Jimmy Yancey to Mal Waldron and beyond. Narrative and impressionistic, he sounds like no other in a program as accessible as it is adventurous. Recorded June 19, 2001. Resonance ImpedersChris Dahlgren (Bass), Briggan Krauss (Alto Saxophone), Jay Rosen (Drums)Chris Dahlgren music is fun compositionally, drawing on catchy, sometimes even childlike, themes. Light themes, but probing thematic developments are offered up by the profound improvising of this lightly hip post bop trio augmented by the singular sound of Briggan Krauss' sax. Recorded Oct. 29 & 30, 1997. DedicationAhmed Abdullah (Trumpet), Carlos Ward (Flute), Masujaa (Guitar), Alex Blake (Bass), Cody Moffett (Drums)Ahmed Abdullah's first release in ten years is a well-conceived and executed dedication to the late Charles Moffett, his colleague of many years. Cody Moffett took over his father's drum seat (and drums) for this eclectic and charming program of 9 tunes (La Vie En Rose and I'll Be Seeing You along with standards and traditional music. Recorded June 17 & 18, 1997. DedicationAhmed Abdullah (Trumpet), Carlos Ward (Flute), Masujaa (Guitar), Alex Blake (Bass), Cody Moffett (Drums)Ahmed Abdullah's first release in ten years is a well-conceived and executed dedication to the late Charles Moffett, his colleague of many years. Cody Moffett took over his father's drum seat (and drums) for this eclectic and charming program of 9 tunes (La Vie En Rose and I'll Be Seeing You along with standards and traditional music. Recorded June 17 & 18, 1997.