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Michael Dease – All These Hands (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Michael Dease – All These Hands (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 1:05:53 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Posi-Tone Records

Trombonist Michael Dease delivers a unifying message about the Jazz diaspora and the impassioned assistance of “All These Hands”. The program’s message is carefully constructed to provide listeners with a musical narrative about the evolution of the jazz art form as it spread through the different regions and localities of America. To provide assistance in bringing his vision to fruition, Dease assembled an all-star lineup of musicians including trumpeter Etienne Charles, alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Gerald Cannon, and powerhouse drummer Lewis Nash, along with a number of special guests like Rodney Whitaker, Randy Napoleon and Rufus Reid. With a thoughtful program of original compositions and an uplifting message of inclusivity, “All These Hands” remains insightfully straight forward, steadily swinging, and refreshingly melodic enough to evoke a wide assortment of bright moments to discerning jazz fans everywhere.

Trombonist, Michael Dease is a mainstay in Wynton Marsalis s Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra/Museum/Educa- tional Empire. His newest album, All These Hands, reflects the Lincoln Center mission: it is a journey through the early history of jazz, with compositions dedicated to the major American cities that helped the music flourish. While the concept could come across as gimmicky, the execution is thorough and the players are swinging. Sometimes, the album s theme comes across strong and direct, like on the opener, a grooving number named for the Creole Country of Louisiana. Dease s prodigious trom- bone technique is in full force here (it is throughout the al- bum, to punishing effect), and the rhythm section includ- ing veteran drummer Lewis Nash pulls it off with aplomb. Other pieces, like the slave tribute Gullah Ring Shout and the upbeat Memphis BBQ and Fish Fry, capture their subjects with unique instrumentations and lively improvisa- tions. But other pieces have less personality there is not much musical material linking the self-explanatory Down- town Chi-Town and D.C. tribute Chocolate City to their source material. Still, this is a fine sometimes great album of contemporary straight-ahead jazz, with fine playing from all involved. Special commendations go to elegant pianist Re- nee Rosnes and the tasteful guest-starring trumpeter Etienne Charles, who conjures a decent facsimile of Dizzy Gillespie on the bebop tribute Good and Terrible.

Gathering a hand picked bunch of all stars to make the trek with him as he brings his sound and vision to fruition, Dease and his bunch make a history of jazz recording that has no dust on it and sounds much more looking forward than looking backward. A dazzling set that’s striking in it’s ability to say something new here, this is more than a pleasingly swinging set that cooks. A solid work throughout, this is thoughtful jazz that doesn’t hesitate to cut to the chase and make it’s point. Exactly what the doctor ordered for that afternoon when you want to be alone with some jazz and let it roll. Killer stuff.

01 – Creole Country
02 – Delta City Crossroads
03 – Good & Terrible
04 – Territory Blues
05 – Benny’s Bounce
06 – Black Bottom Banter
07 – Downtown Chi-Town
08 – Gullah Ring Shout
09 – Chocolate City
10 – Memphis Bbq & Fish Fry
11 – Brooklyn
12 – Up South Reverie

Michael Dease – trombone
Steve Wilson – flute, alto & tenor sax
Etienne Charles – trumpet
Renee Rosnes – piano
Randy Napoleon – guitar
Rodney Whitaker – bass
Gerald Cannon – bass
Lewis Nash – drums
Jason Hainsworth – tenor on “7”
Diego Rivera – tenor on “7”
Dan Pratt – tenor on “11”
Rufus Reid – bass on “11”

Please note: Tracks “2,4,6,8,12” presented in 24bit/44,1kHz.


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