They're not kidding about the title – because the album's one of Ruby Braff's most swingin from the time – a sharp-edged quartet session that's filled with well-blown notes! Ruby's in the lead on all numbers on trumpet – getting support from Johnny Guarnieri on piano, Walter Page on bass, and Bobby Donaldson on drums – and the sound is a bit more rough than some of Braff's other albums of the time – not so sweetly-trilling, and we mean that in a good way! The vibe is still slightly traddish, but with a really nice edge – and titles include "Ellie", "Mean To Me", "This Can't Be Love", and "Blue & Sentimental". CD
Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet —
Too Much ... CD Hard Bop (UK), 2008. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
A record as classic-sounding as the cover – played by a young British combo with equal talents for modern jazz and hardbop! The set's a real revelation – an unexpected pleasure from an unexpected source – but easily the kind of record we'd stack with our 60s classics, given the tightness of the instrumentation and overall richness of the sound! The quintet is co-led by tenorist Osian Roberts and trumpeter Steve Fishwick – who come together with a rhythmic energy and continuous creativity that reminds us a lot of Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan at their BlueNote best – and the rest of the group follows suit strongly, with lots of bold rhythm lines from pianist Olivier Slama, bassist Dave Chamberlain, and drummer Mat Fishwick. And just like the best old BlueNotes, most of the tunes here are originals – really great numbers from Roberts and Fishwick, with titles that include "Blueslama", "Roachville", "Waltz For Edith", "Two Little Words", "Blackout", and "Too Much". CD