Sunday, September 06, 2009

Jazz Brunch Jam - John Patitucci Trio

“We’re paying tribute, but we’re also shaping the music to reflect who we are. We’re not just copying or resting on the musicians who came before us, we’re playing this music as our way of contributing to the evolution of jazz.”

-John Patitucci

Today I've got something contemporary for you from bassist John Patitucci and his trio. The album's titled Remembrance though, and on it Patitucci pays homage to some of his heroes and giants of jazz with original material: Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane (Monk/Trane), Sonny Rollins (Sonny Side), Freddie Hubbard (Blues for Freddie), Joe Henderson (Joe Hen), and Ray Brown (Play Ball).

The whole album is light, as can be expected from a trio. Everything's also tight, precise, exact - leaving you plenty of ear room to pick out and appreciate all those sweet notes and textures that are being laid down here. I'm gonna give you the lead off track, Monk / Trane, partly because it's one of my favorites from the album, and partly 'cuz I dig Monk a lot. Here it is, spin it.

Visit his website, his label Concord Music, and become his friend on MySpace.

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