Monday, August 11, 2008

Review -- CORY WEEDS QUARTET -- Big Weeds

BIG WEEDS
Cory Weeds Quartet
Cellar Live
8.5-out-of-10
When you put a saxophone in the hands of Cory Weeds and have him performing live at a club, you're in for a jazz experience. Fortunately for us, when Weeds was performing at The Cellar Restaurant / Jazz Club this January, the performance was recorded and we can now enjoy the evening over and over on the CD Big Weeds. You have to love Cellar Live for putting out this type of quality CD, because it gives us access to shows we could not generally hear any other way.In the case of Big Weeds, it is a collection of only eight numbers, but each one is a jazz journey which meanders across the musical landscape.The CD starts with a 7:35 rendition of Darben The Red Roxx, a cut by James Moody many jazz fans will recognize. It is an excellent choice as a lead-in because it has elements that are recognizable.From there Weeds goes with his own compositions, and that too works as it let's us enjoy an accomplished saxophonist playing the music he is most familiar with, his own.To round out the sound here Weeds is joined by Mike LeDonne on Hammond b3, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums who has a killer solo on the cut Corrupted Mango. The three musicians are all accomplished performers, and they blend seamlessly with Weeds as he leads them through cuts such as For Fathead, It's Only A Paper Moon and No Bull, the longest cut here at 10:47.In general terms this is rather straight ahead jazz, no wild electronica, just music to relax and weave too. Perfect for a lazy day at the cabin, or a nice evening on the patio this summer. Sit back, sip something refreshing, and let Weeds take you to a happy place. This is one weed you want to have.Another fine effort from this Vancouver-based label. Big Weeds can be checked out in more detail at www.cellarlive.com or www.coryweeds.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 6, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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