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Clear Cool

by Cason Fentress & the Euphonious Express

There is a feeling of joyous celebration and jubilant boisterousness consistently present akin to Mingus, the Nevilles, P-Funk and Sly. That combination of loose euphoria within tightly structured arrangements is a stimulating and captivating brew.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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1. 19th Century Dame
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3:48 album only
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2. Always Been Looking (For You)
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3:42 album only
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3. Ahmad's Blues-Everything Goes
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3:28 album only
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4. Margaret Dear
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3:50 album only
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5. Hey Renee
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3:39 album only
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Album Notes
Fentress is a songwriter, and an exceptional arranger. The four original songs (along with his inspired take on Ahmad Jamal’s classic Ahmad’s Blues) vividly display a style that is pop-oriented, but fuses beguiling jazz and blues stylings within its imaginative framework. In Fentress’ thinking, a song needs to stand alone, and clearly his do. But his impressive arrangements are masterfully constructed to frame each piece for the maximum presentation of the song and lyrics. He’s managed to combine the intimacy of the singer/songwriter with a full blown ensemble, so that the intimacy is not only preserved, but actually enhanced to be a fuller and more meaningful experience.

His vocals are soulful and compelling, with a rhythmic sensibility and appealing quality that calls to mind singular stylists like Stevie Wonder, Mose Allison and Bob Dorough. There is also a buoyant New Orleans funk feel to the music, further emphasized by the rocking bluesiness of his piano arrangements and the manner in which it is so fully intertwined with his vocals in that seamless and symbiotic style exemplified by songwriter/pianists like Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint.

There is a feeling of joyous celebration and jubilant boisterousness consistently present akin to Mingus, the Nevilles, P-Funk and Sly. That combination of loose euphoria within tightly structured arrangements is a most stimulating and captivating brew.
From the opening strains of the first track, 19th Century Dame, with its swooping baritone sax, deeply funky horn swells and soul chorus, it’s clear that there is no-nonsense groove-ability in play. Always Been Looking (For You) has a richly atmospheric jazz feel with its nicely blended vocal duet and soul-drenched tenor, and builds layer upon layer to a spirited climax.
That jazz sense appropriately opens Ahmad’s Blues with dulcet blue vocal and Cootie Williams-ish muted trumpet obbligato, and angular bluesy piano juxtaposed with organ, but as it morphs into its aptly-named Everything Goes re-imagination it becomes a smoking, free-flung affair.

It may have taken far more years than Cason Fentress had intended for Clear Cool as his official debut, but now that he’s in motion with this marvelous collection, there should be no stopping him.

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