Jeff ''Tain'' Watts | Watts

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by Jeff ''Tain'' Watts

Watts is the premiere jazz recording of 2009. This meeting of four great musical minds play all new music by Jeff "Tain" Watts, featuring Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Christian McBride.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Return of the Jitney Man
7:02 $0.99
2. Brekky with Drecky
5:36 $0.99
3. Katrina James
5:22 $0.99
4. Owed...
5:06 $0.99
5. Dancin' 4 Chicken
9:33 $0.99
6. Wry Köln
6:17 $0.99
7. Dingle - Dangle
6:38 $0.99
8. Devil's Ring Tone - The Movie
6:52 album only
9. M'Buzai
3:51 album only
10. The Devil's Ring Tone
6:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
*Terence Blanchard won a 2010 Grammy Award (Best Improvised Solo) for his solo on "Dancin' 4 Chicken"

Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums
Terence Blanchard - trumpet
Branford Marsalis - saxophone
Christian McBride - bass
Lawrence Fields - piano (track 4)

All music composed by Jeff Watts - Tainish Chamber Music BMI

Recorded at Legacy Recording Studio, NYC
July 27 & 28, 2008.
Recording Engineer: Patrick Smith
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC
Produced by Jeff "Tain" Watts for Dark Key Music.
Production assistant: Laura Kahle
Artwork by Miho Morita and Tain.

"One of the best records I have ever been on."
-Branford Marsalis



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Paul Marangoni

On second thought...
I originally panned this recording, but after repeated listenings, it has grown on me and become one of my current favourites.

Chrisr at CD Baby

Marsalis, McBride, Blanchard, and Watts- less like a jazz quartet, more like a meeting of the genre’s giants and royalty. On this album of “sepia syncopations and social commentary,” they convene in order to give life to 10 original Watts compositions. The songs are as diverse as the players are skilled, morphing from fierce and feisty angular-bop melodies to slow, sultry swing, from tightly restrained second line and odd-metered funk grooves to dense explosions of chaotic improvisation. These tunes prove (as if we ever needed proof!) that Jeff “Tain” Watts is much, much more than just a masterful timekeeper.

Kwame Steve Cobb

Watts is pure fire! I love the energy. Tain,in my opinion is the heir apparent to Ancestor and master drummer Elvin Jones. Tain receives the torch past down to him adding his own intense African poly-rhythmic sensibilities and imagination. Tain is a prolific composer. Jeff here has designed the perfect environment for his co-explorers to survey this creative landscape.
I'm lovin it!

Derrick Danny

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