Other Worlds track Pythagoras streams

The penultimate track 'Pythagoras' steeped in the ache and bluesiness of classic hard bop and drawn from Sound Prints album Other Worlds to be released on 7 May is streaming. Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas' long-running band with pianist Lawrence …

Published: 27 Mar 2021. Updated: 18 months.

The penultimate track 'Pythagoras' steeped in the ache and bluesiness of classic hard bop and drawn from Sound Prints album Other Worlds to be released on 7 May is streaming. Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas' long-running band with pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron for this release concentrate on original Lovano and Douglas compositions. A studio album to be released by Greenleaf Music recorded in Brooklyn early last year the track is streaming via this link.

Joe Lovano, top left, Joey Baron, Linda May Han Oh, Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas. Photo: Merrick Winter/Greenleaf

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Greg Skaff, feat. Ron Carter and Albert ''Tootie'' Heath, Polaris ****

Guitarist Greg Skaff, who hails from Wichita, Kansas told Jazz Guitar Today recently that second great Miles Davis quintet bassist Ron Carter and famed drummer Albert ''Tootie'' Heath ''worked together with Bobby Timmons in 1961 and they recorded …

Published: 26 Mar 2021. Updated: 18 months.

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Guitarist Greg Skaff, who hails from Wichita, Kansas told Jazz Guitar Today recently that second great Miles Davis quintet bassist Ron Carter and famed drummer Albert ''Tootie'' Heath ''worked together with Bobby Timmons in 1961 and they recorded together in 1993 as part of the Riverside Reunion Band, but they had not worked together in 30 years. Tootie was eager to play with Ron again, so that’s how I got him to come on board.''

That's worth getting this straightahead record for alone. Skaff is excellent with these two giants. On 'Caminando' the knack is in the incisive quality of the guitarist's breakaway. And on this track the way Carter scythes out space for himself is pure craft. And listen how the woodiness of the instrument is beautifully caught. Carter's lovely tune 'Little Waltz' that the bassist played with Timmons on 1966 Prestige release The Soul Man gets both duo and trio treatments. For voicings most of all, gravitate to Skaff on Duke Ellington's 'Lady of the Lavender Mist.' Out now on SMK/Smoke Sessions