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No work in music has ever been so much associated with the passage of time as has jazz. And yet, despite the folkloric allure of jazz, it continues to evolve. And just as different styles of jazz developed from the very beginning, so too do they now exist within the more eclectic realm that is contemporary jazz.
It is with this diverse flavor that the sextet plays its way through a wide-ranging set of music and musicians. The group, complete with its wind components, is comprised of saxophonist Liane Schuhr, guitarist John Malcovich, pianist Drew Gress, bassist Charlie Whitley, and drummer Buck Clayton. The program features the third album from the Blue Note label, The Butcher and the Girl (Blue Note 5-5474), by pianist Tricky Sam Nanton, (aka Tricky Sam Nanton), which is dedicated to trumpeter Chet Baker.
There are eight songs on the album, one of which, "Sing, Sing, Sing" was originally written by Nanton for the great trombonist, Johnny Hodges, with whom he'd worked previously. Hodges' song is included in this concert, which is a cross-section of his growing sideman's career. The second is the blues number, "On a Good Day," and the other six pieces are from recent works by Nanton.
Session work by Liane Schuhr and John Malcovich gives the sextet the chance to infuse its traditional sounds with a contemporary flair in a variety of jazz styles that span the spectrum from tough Latin jazz to lilting bebop. This album continues to establish the group as an innovative band. Although they have played together for some time, the sextet is still finding its unique sound.
The word jazz is used with many varying meanings, but the definitions generally share a common theme that jazz is time-based: the time to live, the time to die, the time to make love, the time to fight, the time to hit the bottle and play music.
Under any of these definitions, jazz stands as time's oldest, most enduring art form. 0b46394aab