Josh Berman - There Now flac mp3
Josh Berman couldn't have picked a more appropriate label for Old Idea, his first album as a leader. Sure, Old Idea probably would have worked for some indie labels other than Delmark, including ESP-Disk in New York City and hatHUT in Switzerland. But Berman isn't based in the Big Apple or Switzerland; he's based in Chicago, where Delmark has been documenting the local avant-garde jazz scene religiously since the rise of the AACM in the 1960s.
Josh Berman is a gambler. There Now initially gives the impression that the cornetist's reversion to the music of Eddie Condon and Pee Wee Russell is only a bluff. His gang of young Chicago improvisers weaves in and out of the 1920s, inserting free jazz passages and improvised duos that could not be anticipated in the early part of 20th century. On There Now, it is as if he raises the musical ante with, "I call your Lincoln City, and raise you an Art Ensemble Of Chicago.
There Now is a collection of jazz hybrids: both new compositions and arrangements of early jazz standards. The Gang is concerned equally with the great musical legacies of Louis Armstrong, Pee Wee Russell, Derek Bailey, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
There Now, the second album under his own name, uses an eight-piece crew of Chicago musicians who often play in one another's bands, including the tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson, clarinetist Guillermo Gregorio, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Frank Rosaly. Besides a few of Mr. Berman's own compositions it includes versions of jazz standards, some from that earlier time and place, like Liza and Sugar, both recorded in 1927 by Eddie Condon. Renews automatically.
The cover of cornetist Josh Berman's album There Now gives me a case of the double-takes. Not for any controversial reason, it's just that I find myself in a bit of a time warp. I'm transported to a time when Lee Friedlander might have been taking a color photograph of Dave Brubeck in profile while they routinely refer to their entourages as their "gang. Berman swaps Red Nichols for Ornette Coleman circa 1961 like it's nothing, leaving your enjoyment of There Now to a coin toss of rich tapestry versus blanket catering. Considering that this is Berman's second album for the Chicago Delmark label, I know where to place my bet.
The name of cornetist Josh Berman’s newest group refers back to the gangs led by Bix Beiderbecke or to Chicago’s Austin High Gang, which existed close to a century ago. Although Berman formed this octet under the influence of that era, tackling standards like Jada and I’ve Found a New Baby, this isn’t merely a retro outfit. If Eddie Condon heard this Gang’s take on his Liza, he’d surely be cursing. Berman has said this group is as much about the interaction of Chicago regulars as it is about the music they revitalize. And this Gang plays well together
There Now. Josh Berman & His Gang. Josh Berman & His Gang - Mobile and Blues 07:17. Josh Berman & His Gang - Sugar 05:06. Josh Berman & His Gang - Liza 08:21. Josh Berman & His Gang - Love Is Just Around the Corner 07:08. Josh Berman & His Gang - I've Found a New Baby 09:54. Josh Berman & His Gang - Cloudy 06:09.
|1||Love is Just Around the Corner Lewis Gensler||Josh Berman||7:08|
|2||Sugar Maceo Pinkard||Josh Berman||5:06|
|3||One Train May Hide Another Josh Berman||Josh Berman||6:42|
|4||Cloudy Josh Berman||Josh Berman||6:09|
|5||Jada Sammy Nestico||Josh Berman||6:28|
|6||Liza Eddie Condon||Josh Berman||8:21|
|7||I've Found A New Baby||Josh Berman||9:54|
|8||Movile And Blues Josh Berman||Josh Berman||7:17|
CreditsJoshua Abrams - Bass, Group Member
Jason Adasiewicz - Group Member, Vibraphone
Josh Berman - Arranger, Composer, Cornet, Group Member, Primary Artist
Jeb Bishop - Group Member, Trombone
Nick Broste - Engineer, Mixing
Eric Butkus - Mastering
Eddie Condon - Composer
Johnathan Crawford - Design, Photography
Lewis Gensler - Composer
Guillermo Gregorio - Clarinet, Group Member
Keefe Jackson - Group Member, Sax (Tenor)
Robert G. Koester - Producer, Supervisor
Sammy Nestico - Composer
Maceo Pinkard - Composer
Frank Rosaly - Drums, Group Member
Jason Stein - Clarinet (Bass), Group Member
Kevin Whitehead - Liner Notes
Kevin Whitehead - Liner Notes