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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Griffin Woodard Group - Completion - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Completion, from Griffin Woodard Group who blends solid jazz and pop vocals for a real nice release. Opening with Little Angel, Georgia Heers is featured on vocal, with a really nice bed of piano by Abe Gold, Miles Gilbert on bass, Hugh Kline on drums and of course the deep sound of Griffin Woodard on bass clarinet. With really nice piano phrasing by Gold and a strong solo by Woodard, this is a strong opener. Miles Gilbert is front and center on Bass Interlude featuring his playing alone and I personally find it terrific. Alchemy is a really cool improvisation by Woodard on bass clarinet, backed only by Kline on drums... quite provocative. With an aggressive tempo, Route 1 features Coleman Rose on tenor sax in tandem with Woodard on bass clarinet creating a great mix. With an aggressive bass line by Gilbert and solid phrasing by Gold on piano this track rips. Deneen Jones has the mic on Kyrie, an uplifting ballad featuring a really nice blend of vocals with Heers, over a nice field of piano and featuring soprano sax lead by Rose. With captivating drum work by Kline, this is another hot track. Wrapping the release is title track, Completion, it's captivating melody being articulated by Woodard on bass clarinet, joined in relay by Rose on soprano sax and with only the framework of bottom by Gold on piano and drum adornment, this track slowly builds. Gilbert gets another turn up front on bass creating a real nice tension and the track continues to build on the reentry by Woodard and Rose. The track grows in intensity and dynamics as it nears it's completion. Very nice close. 

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