Reviews that mention Junius Paul

November 21, 2015

Roscoe Mitchell

Celebrating Fred Anderson
Nessa ncd-37

Rob Reddy

Bechet: Our Contemporary

Reddy Music RED 003

Erik Friedlander

OSCALYPSO

Skipstone SSR 22

Arrigo Cappelleti/Furio Di Castri/Bruce Ditmas

Homage to Paul Bley

Leo Records CD LR 732

Barry Harris

Plays Tadd Dameron

Xanadu Master Edition 906071

Something In The Air: Honoring More Than The Few Famous Jazz Greats

By Ken Waxman

With music like the other arts increasingly focused on known quantities, recorded salutes to jazz greats have almost become a subcategory of their own. If the world needs another record of Beethoven, Mozart, Elvis or Sinatra, then saluting Ellington, Trane or Miles one more time shouldn’t be a dilemma. But more erudite improvisers realize the music’s wider reach, and if they opt to honor innovators, as on the CDs here, choose lesser-known but equally important stylists. MORE

October 29, 2013

Kahil El’Zabar Quartet

What It Is!
Delmark DE 5003

Although not subtitled “A Salute to John Coltrane”, What It Is easily could have been. For not only does Chicago percussionist Kahil El’Zabar’s quartet play two of the revered saxophonist’s compositions, but with the combo filled out by a keyboardist, a bassist and a tenor saxophonist the comparisons are inescapable.

Tellingly the band is described as El’Zabar’s Quartet, for while the veteran percussionist composed the five non-Trane tunes, the band lacks the individual identity that his other configurations such as the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble or Ritual Trio possess. It could be because unlike those other bands, staffed by veterans like the percussionist, this group is filled out by still-maturing players: tenor saxophonist Kevin Nabors, bassist Junius Paul and Justin Dillard on piano, Hammond B3 organ and Fender Rhodes. MORE