Full Moon Hacksaw
June 13, 2019
A slew of new releases begin our festivities, first with Detroit Tenors, then an artist we can trust with clarinet, Ms. Anat Cohen who is a joy to watch live, her bubbly energy infectious. Newcomer Miles Brown (THATS a jazz name for a bassist) is impressive and we get the blues with Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, James Harmon and Hollywood Fats, all in two selections. We have a theory that people like the word samba, but what they feel is the bossa. Take for instance the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk as he forays into flutemore examples as the show goes onNew from the Lisa Maxwell Jazz Orchestra is a tribute to the late Lew Soloff. Pianist Miki Yamanaka hints at the bossa on her latest offering (refraining however from any suggestion of samba). Wild energy of abandon starts our second hour with Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and his 25th album, this with big band. More mellow music by way of guitarist Greg Snyder and a classic from Rosemary Clooney. For our salsa sounds listen to the heiress apparent of the music, Yolanda Duke. We follow that with more similar rhythms from H.M.A. Salsa/Jazz Orchestra, their title inspiring us into elegant tempo by Eliana Elias. The next bossa which is not a samba comes from the Pete McGinnis jazz orchestra playing a Nat Adderley classic. Then we get down to trio piano playing, first with a new player to us Rick Germanson then a rarity from Herbie Nichols. Louisiana blues zydeco style wraps our party with CJ Chenier. Miles, Muddy and Mongo are gone from this earth, but remain a presence in the PRESENT, Hacksaw Jazz.