Thursday, October 31, 2013

Doug Webb - Another Scene (Posi-Tone, 2013)

Saxophonist Doug Webb grew up in California before moving east to study at Berklee. He is in great demand as a sideman and a film score composer, and this album presents him leading a band with Peter Zak on piano, Dwayne Bruno on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. This is a well played and accessible modern mainstream jazz album that takes its inspiration from the likes of Hank Mobley and John Coltrane. “Mr. Milo” opens the album at a bright, swinging tempo. A strong piano, bass and drums break is wrapped on either side by Webb’s saxophone which has an appealing classic tenor tone. Starting as a ballad, “One For Art” then jumps up as an exercise in uptempo hard-bop. Royston is featured appropriately as his percussion drives the band forward as well as trading phrases with Webb’s saxophone. “Another Step” is a very nice fast paced performance based on John Coltrane’s classic song “Giant Steps.” the music is bright and sharp and tumbles forward in an enjoyable fashion. The band is very tight on “Rhythm with Rudy” where tight saxophone and drums interplay makes for a locked in rhythmic feel. “Verdi Variations” also evokes John Coltrane, beginning with a dark and spiritual feel, where he reaches forth on the saxophone, stretching and searching. Another Scene -

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