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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

WAMCO Music artist: Alexander McCabe - Body and Soul - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Body and Soul, from Alexander McCabe and it's lively and spontaneous. Opening with Elena, Alexander McCabe forms the innovative melody on soprano sax in 3/4 time. Backed by the rhythmic piano work of Paul Odeh, a firm yet bouncy bass line by Ugonna Okegwo and snappy, light rhythm work by Craig Wuepper on drums this is a cool opener. Odeh takes the first off melody solo stretch and Okegwo a strong interlude of his own. Very nice. If I See Her is a solid ballad again led by the excellent sax lead of McCabe. His phrasing is creative and with firm piano punctuation by Odeh, this track opens itself nicely. Odeh is up next with nicely crafted lines of his own with light, drum accents by Wuepper, followed by a nicely formed solo by Okegwo on acoustic bass. Very nice. Title track, Johnny Green's Body and Soul really gives McCabe a grand opportunity to rip some really great lines on sax with Odeh, Okegwo and Wuepper holding a tight bottom. I like how Odeh bites into his piano solo with a great walking bass line by Okegwo on this track making it one of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the set is John Coltrane's Countdown. McCabe shows that he is up for the challenge with rapid fire perfection with Odeh, Okegwo and Wuepper in tight unison. This is a strong release and not for the casual listener. Very cool. 

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