Monday, March 01, 2010

Giuseppi Logan Quintet (Tompkins Square, 2010)

It is fascinating when a legendary musician steps out of the mists of time and re-emerges on the music scene. A few years ago it was bassist Henry Grimes, coming back to reclaim the form that made him a first call bass player for the likes of Don Cherry and Sonny Rollins. Discovered playing for tips in a public park, and helped by trumpeter and bass clarinetist Matt Lavelle, saxophonist and pianist Giuseppi Logan makes his first LP since the glory days of free jazz in the mid 1960's when he recorded for the ESP label. Lavelle joins the group here along with pianist Dave Burrell and drummer Warren Smith, and Francois Grillot on bass. "Steppin'" opens the album with a fast paced group performance featuring a melody reminiscent of the music John Coltrane made for Atlantic. Swirling saxophone over bright sounding piano, bass and drums keeps the pace high before giving way to thick loping bass and a splintered piano solo. "Modes" has raw toned saxophone from Logan with strong piano accompaniment. Lavelle's bass clarinet bubbles up in support, before making way from a nice trio interlude with strong piano, bass and drums before Logan's unprocessed saxophone returns to take things out. "Bop Dues" has Lavelle on trumpet improvising together with Logan over a strong piano led trio. He steps out with an energetic solo, showing the influence he attributes to the music of Booker Little. "Love Me Tonight" ends the album with a nod and a wink, and Logan singing the blues in a raspy voice. Logan sounds a little shaky at times, but he is remarkably strong and enthusiastic when you consider he's coming back after a lengthy layoff. Hopefully he'll get a chance to continue his comeback at the Vision Festival this spring. Giuseppi Logan Quintet - amazon.com

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