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by Mark Wade Trio

Debut album of bassist and composer Mark Wade featuring Tim Harrison and piano and Scott Neumann on drums.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jump for Joy
5:00 $0.99
2. The Prisoner
6:42 $0.99
3. Apogee
4:53 $0.99
4. Singsong
6:54 $0.99
5. Tossed
7:42 $0.99
6. Valley and Stream
5:26 $0.99
7. Twist in the Wind
6:24 $0.99
8. Cold Spring
5:22 $0.99
9. If I Only Had a Brain
5:49 $0.99
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New York double-bassist's debut record (3.8 stars)
written for and delivered by a mainstream jazz piano trio, with elements of classical music. With 20 years of experience as a performer, Wade goes well beyond the usual role of bass accompaniment by playing the integral part of the melody line and offering excellent improvisations throughout in a round, commanding tone, while also providing ample space for pianist Tim Harrison and drummer Scott Neumann to showcase their craft.
The best part of the album extends from track #4 to #8, imho: 'singsong' is a kind of "peg-legged tango" (Jazz Weekly), combining angular blocks with bluesy playfulness; 'tossed' starts off w/ some plodding bass that shifts for unison (and tempo) w/ a bright, carefree piano. #6 'valley and stream' is a folkish, lyrical ballad, also featuring a bit of arco bass and a great solo, while 'twist in the wind' proves to be a dynamic jazz blues having a fluid piano elaboration (á la Dave Kikoski). #8 'cold spring' is an Evansian jazz waltz played with warmth – note Neumann's delicate brush work.

In addition, we also have the standardish mid-tempo piece called 'jump for joy' the set opens with, followed by the solemn # 'prisoner' offering extended, sinewy bass work backed up by sensitive yet pronounced contribution on the drum kit. Wide reaching, delicate piano with a little bit of abstractionism characterizes the dreamy/yearning #3 'apogee'. The album closes with a natural and smooth treatment in 5/4 of Harold Arlen's #9 'if only I had a brain' from "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Total time: 54.18 min.