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Showing posts with label Henry Godfrey Jazz Orchestra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Henry Godfrey Jazz Orchestra. Show all posts

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Henry Godfrey Jazz Orchestra - Attitude and Gratitude - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Attitude and Gratitude, by Henry Godfrey Jazz Orchestra and it's very enjoyable. Opening with For McCoy, a tribute to pianist McCoy Tyner who died in 2020. With really clean piano work by Rowan Barcham and lush guitar lead by Pritesh Walia, this track is great. Featurning Aaron Dutton, Alex Ramirez, Ian Buss, Eli Block and Nicholas Suchecki on sax, Miles Keingstein, Matt Kelly, Eli Block and Zoe Murphy on trumpets, Joey Dies, Jasmine Sloane and Sam Margolis on trombone and Michael Juba Prentky on bass trombone and tuba and Anna Abondolo on bass, all tied together by Henry Godfrey on drums, this is a strong opener. I particularly like Forgetting What Will Never Be, with Joey Dies on trombone leading the way. I also like hearing Anna Abondolo stepping up with a fluid bass solo, floating on woodwinds. Ian Buss with his tenor sax solo adds to real grit to the mix and Godfrey brings a Latin percussion bottom giving the track a great boost. Very nice. Wrapping the release is We'll Get There with a strong, jagged drum rhythm by Godfrey and muted trumpets. Alex Ramirez on alto sax lays in a really interesting melody line, joined by the band and leading to further soloing by Matt Kelly on trumpet over clean piano lines of Barcham and intricate drum work of Godfrey. This is not a bag of pretty tunes but a well thought out set of composiotions. Very nice. 

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