|Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival-2015|
Review by Willard Maus
Here is a smokin hot release from Mack Avenue Records, LIVE FROM THE DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL2015. Each year for the past four years Mack Avenue has taken part in the Labor Day weekend festival, putting together a big band drawn from its roster of jazz stars to play pretty for the people. 2015's leader of the 7-piece band was bassist Christian McBride, who decided on a straight-ahead approach that allowed for some free-swinging, deeply-felt playing by his fellow-musicians (Carl Allen, drums; Gary Burton, vibes; Tia Fuller, alto and soprano sax; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Christian Sands, piano; and Kirk Whalum, tenor sax).
All but Allen contributed original compositions to the mix, all of which are of the highest order, commencing with Whalums Preach Hank, a funky r & b-flavored tribute to his idol, the late tenorman Hank Crawford. More blistering tunes followedsuch as Sudden Impact (by Hendrix) and Paint Brushes (McBride)with change-of-pace soulful ballads provided by Burton (All You Have To Be Is You) and by Fuller, who excelled on the warm, thoughtful reverie Decisive Steps.
LIVE is the result of a high-spirited, take-no-prisoners jazz concert captured in all its power and glory by Mack Avenues recording engineers. (Mackavenue.com)