Anton Schwartz - The Slow Lane (2000)
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Anton Schwartz - The Slow Lane (2000)

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Artist: Anton Schwartz
Title Of Album: The Slow Lane
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: Anton Jazz
Genre: Jazz, Saxophone Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 69:59 Min
Total Size: 170 Mb
Tracklist:
01. Miyako
02. The Curve Of The Earth
03. Don’t Ask
04. Then Again
05. Along Came Betty
06. Chelsea Bridge
07. Come Rain Or Come Shine
08. Peace Dollar
09. Born To Be Blue
10. The Slow Lane
11. The Curve Of The Earth (Reprise)
A young tenor saxophonist/composer/bandleader from the San Francisco area, Schwartz offers a little bit of everything stylistically within the modern jazz arena on this, his second CD. He reinvents standards, plays some originals, goes into effortless blues or ballads, and fronts a very capable band, especially pianist Paul Nagel. Bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis also play their parts well, but the spotlight is Schwartz's, who is not a distinctive stylist, but borrows from the best tenor plates of Hawkins, Rollins, Gordon, Coltrane, and Brecker to present a fluent, literate, pleasant sound, a musical voice in development. Liner note writer Becca Pulliam of NPR likens his stance to that of a young Stanley Turrentine. Schwartz proves to be quite a melodicist on his cool samba "The Curve of the Earth" and its no-time 1:12 tag/reprise. He has command of many tuneful devices; the hip, cool, modal funk of "Don't Ask," the soul ballad reply "Then Again," the slow, desert-caravan procession of "Peace Dollar," and the patient title track gospel-blues in 3/4 time. Reworked standards include a tick-tock, cha cha-flavored take on Benny Golson's "Along Came Betty" and subdued soul-funk take of "Come Rain or Come Shine," Nagel's piano particularly bluesy in its chordal repetition a la Horace Silver. Relatively straight are the reflective, relaxed tone of Billy Strayhorn's classic ballad "Chelsea Bridge," and the torchy-to-pepped-up-and-back line of "Born to Be Blue." Schwartz also interprets Wayne Shorter's "Miyako," admittedly an inspirational starting point for the tenor man years ago, and a piece he has played frequently. An easygoing to more uptempo 6/8 leads to some stimulating tenor sounds even the composer would have to take notice of, for he does not play like this anymore, which is a shame. Thank goodness Schwartz remembers. This is a recording loaded with promise for a budding talent who is on the right path to bringing us some gems of thought in the years ahead. (Review by Michael G. Nastos)




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