Girl of My Dreams
Chris Taylor/piano Barry Smith/bass Bob Savine/drums with Marc Adler/flutes ------------------------------------------------------------ More comments: 'Taylor is a strong soloist and composer, and...has a style...with lyrical, well-considered lines. (Adler) and Taylor phrase beautifully together on the unison heads...and they deliver the magic that flute and piano together are capable of. The originals are of high quality. All in all, this is a fine recording and a set well deserving of my recommendation.' -David Kane (pianist, composer, reviewer for Cadence Magazine) 'I know both Chris Taylor and Marc Adler. They're top notch musicians...This is a beautiful CD with really great writing and playing. Really a pleasure to listen to. I dig this CD!' -Tony Miceli (vibraphonist/webmaster of larrys improv page.com) 'Congratulations on completing another great project. Marc really is an exceptional flautist. I'd like to transcribe some of his solos!...keep the great music coming.' -Bruce Abbott (saxophonist/flutist/vocalist/North Star Jazz Ensemble) '...we received your new CD. It's wonderful. I've been playing it daily. I had never heard of Marc Adler before. He's terrific.' -anonymous ------------------------------------------------------------ We can all agree that successful relationships require a good amount of improvisational skills. Here are four jazz musicians, doing what they do best...improvising...while playing to the women in their lives. The CD includes two cover tunes and six originals, played passionately, with a sprinkle of wit and a dash of humor. Marc Adler teams up with my trio on this, the second release from SweetPea Recordings, to record six original compositions along with the title track, "Girl of My Dreams", a Sonny Clapp creation, recorded by many, including Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane's beautiful ballad, "Naima". Marc, an exceptional flutist from Philadelphia, is backed up here by myself, along with the other members of my Boston based trio, two very creative and supportive musicians, Barry Smith on acoustic bass and Bob Savine on drums. This is a project born from an association Marc and I had in the 1980's, when we both were living and working in the Philadelphia area. We had recorded my tune, "What Fine Muffins", once before with a fine Philadelphia drummer, Nick Ciminale, whose great musicianship helped create the feel of this tune. "Muffins" was the catalyst that brought us back together to record it again, along with more recent material. We received the sad news of Nick's passing on December 15th of last year, and so this recording is dedicated to our dear friend and soul-mate. With ample room for all, these guys show a mastery of their instruments along with respectful interaction, essential elements for a successful jazz performance. Reflecting on the women in our lives, we have tried to paint an overall picture of lively optimism, tender passion, with a soulful sprinkle of good humor thrown in. Hope you like it! -Chris Taylor, 2007 more comments: 'whole band sounds good!'...'Marc, he's a terrific player'...'excellent CD!' Featured Artist: Chris Taylor CD Title: Girl Of My Dreams Year: 2007 Record Label: SweetPea Recordings Style: Straight-Ahead / Classic Musicians: Marc Adler (flutes), Chris Taylor (piano), Barry Smith (bass), Bob Savine (drums) Review: Pianist and composer Chris Taylor hails from Wichita, but now lives in Boston. Among the artists he's worked with include Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Durham, Christian McBride, Charles Fambrough, John Swanna and Norah Jones. Flutist Marc Adler has received jazz fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council. Today, he lives in Philadelphia. Taylor and Adler were both living in Philadelphia in the 1980s, and that is where their musical association developed. On this recording, the two pair up with two other Boston-based musicians; bassist Barry Smith and drummer Bob Savine. Together, the quartet play three Taylor and three Adler originals, as well as covers of Coltrane's "Naima" and the standard "Girl Of My Dreams." To say these musicians have talent is an understatement. Playing this set of eight straight-ahead jazz compositions Adler particularly shines on "Twenty Bars." His ability to quickly traverse the flute's range with agility, lightening quick articulations and a warm and full-bodied tone is remarkable. His lines jump and dance in perfect consort with his rhythm section accompaniment. Obviously, a Hubert Laws inspired flutist, Adler's formidable abilities shine through cleanly. Taylor's piano playing is solidly based in the jazz blues style. His use of extended harmonic structures and substitute chord options is always a result of logically informed choices based upon where the music is going at any particular time. Of note is Taylor's bluesy playing behind Adler on "Lookin' Fine." Setting up a shuffle-ish pattern at the top of the track, Taylor eventually devolves the blues style into a particularly sparse and open framework which allows Adler to rip out brilliantly flashy line after flashy line after flashy line. Then, during Taylor's solo, the pianist takes a minimalistic approach majestically placing the rhythm of his solo lines between the excited double-time figures of Adler and the long-tone mournful soloing style of bassist Smith, who has the subsequent solo. As a tandem both Smith and Savine are perfectly suited for each other. They work as closely as a unit as possible and seem to understand each other's style intuitively; it's obvious they've worked together before. As a disc the playing is informed, coherent and, at times, very exciting. A few of the tracks tend towards the more ordinary. "Marlene," for example, seems to lack a little kick and "What Fine Muffins" is a little vacant. More intimate work among and with all involved can only lead to even better recordings in the future, and that's something to look forward to. Tracks: What Fine Muffins, Marlene, Twenty Bars, Lookin' Fine, On Trowel Shop Pond, Naima, Sine Qua Non and Girl Of My Dreams Reviewed by: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Copyright© 2009 JazzReview.com®. All Rights Reserved.