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Scenic Roots

by Jason Jenkins Group

Fourth edition in a series of recordings of original and standard post bop tunes
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Scenic Roots
11:05 $0.99
2. Hypotenuse
8:38 $0.99
3. Essa Moca 'Ta Diferente'
3:17 $0.99
4. Cross the Pettus Bridge(1965)
8:53 $0.99
5. JuJu
9:34 $0.99
6. I Got it Bad
9:57 $0.99
7. Whisper Campaign
9:54 $0.99
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Jason Jenkins
Scenic Routes

Jason Jenkins' fourth CD as a leader, following Synchronicity, Urban Vernacular and Just Heresay, is one of his strongest. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Jenkins is both a world class bassist and a skilled songwriter. On Scenic Routes, he has gathered together some notable local players who perform high quality post bop jazz.

Four of the seven selections feature the leader in a quartet with tenor-saxophonist Charles Owens, guitarist Alan Parker and drummer Billy Williams. Both Owens' “Scenic Routes” and Jenkins' “Hyptoneuse” are driving pieces that are perfect showcases for the group. Owens' explorative tenor does not sound like anyone else, guitarist Parker not only takes strong solos but offers stimulating commentary behind Owens' lead, and the rhythm team of Jenkins and Williams never coasts or lets the music lose its momentum. “Scenic Routes” is a memorable and lengthy opener at 11 minutes while “Hyptoneuse” hints at John Coltrane's “Impressions” but has a few more chords. The quartet is also featured on a medium tempo jazz waltz treatment of Wayne Shorter's “Ju Ju” and a beautifully played tenor showcase on Duke Ellington's “I Got It Bad,” featuring the rarely-heard verse.

Singer Bernadette Stephens does a fine job on “Essa Moca Ta Diferente,” particularly in her scatting. A pair of Jenkins originals, “Cross The Pettus Bridge (1965)” and “Whisper Campaign,” feature Parker, Williams and Jenkins joined by trumpeter Marcus Tenney and Kevin Simpson who takes a song apiece on tenor and soprano. While “Whisper Campaign” is a medium-tempo minor-toned blues,” “Cross The Pettus Bridge (1965)” has some tricky rhythms, including a few stop-time passages.

All seven selections contain plenty of fiery moments. The high musicianship of the musicians is matched by their enthusiasm and constant creativity. This is a highly recommended CD that will be enjoyed by all fans of modern straight ahead jazz..

Scott Yanow
Author of ten jazz books including The Jazz Singers, Bebop, Jazz On Record 1917-76 and Jazz On Film



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