Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tim Price Bloggin' For Rico Reeds- Roger Rosenberg & Baritonality.

Roger Rosenbergs new release is inspiring and totally enjoyable. My advise- go buy Baritonality now. You won't be sorry. Everything is here, a player with deep roots and committment to the art form. He plays his backside off on every cut- and the compositions are the kind of tunes that should be jazz standards. They are that great! Baritonality ( Sunnyside) is Roger's second CD as a leader. His sound is his own,I hear not only control but commitment to supreme musicianship. No cliches,but pure playing. Not only from study, paying dues and years on the scene but also a very expansive way of playing. I'm telling you, these tunes are just perfect choices,the title track and "The 8th Day" is case in point.Classic! Roger also plays on soprano on "Paradox") and bass clarinet on the ballad dedicated to Mike Brecker. There is world class support by fellow veterans—Mark Soskin (piano), Chip Jackson (bass) and Jeff Brillinger (drums)—as well as guitar groove by Peter Bernstein on the Landesman-Wolf beauty "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most." The support and swing from Chip Jackson purely defines his role in jazz as one of the masters of his instrument.This is also a great opportunity to hear Jeff Brillinger, one of my favorite players in this era.Mark Soskin is thoroughly ensconced in proceedings,beautiful comping and solos.Chip Jackson has something special happening every time he plays, I'm glad he's on this recording.Always loved what he played, and how he played it.You can hear these are musicians who've gelled on the bandstand before together.The band here is incredible! I loved the playing on "Someone To Watch Over Me" as much as the burning closer "Birds and Tranes." As I said before...Get this CD now. This is real jazz, done by an artist who deserves world wide attention. You can hear it in the music and compositions. Real jazz sessions like these show that great music is being played that can swing hard in straight ahead settings, and still have originality within it. Baritonality was produced by Walter Becker. Roger tours with Steely Dan, and has appeared on Two Against Nature, Everything Must Go, and Fagen's Kamakiriad and Morph The Cat.He is a first-call N.Y. session player and a highly accomplished woodwind doubler. His work has been acknowledged an NARAS MVP award. I've been enjoying Rogers playing for decades, and if you can find it search out the record he did with Chet Baker.It's called, Chet Baker Sings, Plays-Live at the Keystone Korner (High Note records 2003),and Roger is playing on baritone and and some really creative and fresh soprano saxophone on the Richie Bierach composition "Broken Wing." Other sessions that I enjoyed that he is part of are- John Lennons' Double Fantasy and Elvis Costellos' North. You can see by the diversity here, this is a player who is open minded and able to add his gift to a great amount of fantastic music. In closing,Baritonality by Rico artist and legendary New York City musician Roger Rosenberg is just what music needs. He is a creative master in the music of today,hear him! Till next week- Tim Price www.timpricejazz.com

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