London-Meader-Pramuk-Ross – Royal Bopsters Project

Artist: London-Meader-Pramuk-Ross
Title: Royal Bopsters Project
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Motema Music
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 61:47 min
Total Size: 140 MB

01. Music In The Air
02. On The Red Clay
03. Peace (Feat. Sheila Jordan)
04. Basheer, The Snake & The Mirror
05. Senor Blues (Feat. Mark Murphy)
06. Invitation
07. Bird Chasin’
08. Music Is Forever (Feat. Annie Ross)
09. Bebop Lives
10. Just Step Right Up
11. Nothing Like You Has Ever Seen Before (Feat. Bob Dorough)
12. Let’s Fly

Amy London, Darmon Meader, Dylan Pramuk and Holli Ross: vocals; Steve Schmidt: piano; Sean Smith, Cameron Brown: bass; Steve Williams: drums; Steven Kroon: percussion; Roni Ben Hur: guitar; Mark Murphy, Bob Dorough; Jon Hendricks; Sheila Jordan; Annie Ross: vocals.
Central to this recording is vocalist Mark Murphy, who can only be considered in the same thought as Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure in the field of vocalese. He is featured on 4 of the 12 selections on the disc, with the other "Royal Bopsters" showing up on one each. Murphy’s contributions are the highlights of the release. He reprises his 1970 recording of Freddie Hubbard’s "Red Clay" as "On the Red Clay." Murphy is in excellent voice. He also re-addresses his take on Horace Silver’s "Senor Blues," which he sings with punch and vigor. Amy London provided be lyrics to Charlie Parker’s "Chasin’ the Bird" retitled "Bird Chasin’" which includes a spirited reading of passages from Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, bringing the entire Beat theme to a full boil. The pinnacle of the recital occurs on a re-tooling of Murphy’s interpretation of Miles Davis’ "Boplicity" (presented here as "Bebop Lives") in cooperation with Holli Ross. It is exquisite.
This is not to short change the other royals. Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame member Bob Doroough presents his "Nothing Like You has Every Been Seen Before" and remains vital in his early 90s as does Jon Hendricks on "Music in the Air." Shelia Jordan percolates on Horace Silver’s "Peace," while the inestimable Annie Ross kills on "Music is Forever." This project unites a new voice in Jazz Quartet singing, whose ideas are fresh and plans are set. The project is well framed by excellent liner notes provided by New York City Music writer James Gavin, whose own Deep in a Dream remains the definitive cultural commentary on the life of trumpeter Chet Baker. If all musical projects could be this well programmed… ~C. Michael Bailey

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