Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review -- THE CORY WEEDS QUINTET -- Everything's Coming Up Weeds

EVERYTHING’S COMING UP WEEDS
The Cory Weeds Quintet
Cellar Live
8-out-of-10
When it comes to jazz the combo of Cory Weeds and the Cellar Live label have become pretty well benchmarks to measure against in terms of the Canadian scene. Of course Weeds is the man behind the label, and the Jazz Cellar, a club in Vancouver where most of the label’s CDs are captured.
With Everything’s Coming Up Weeds, that trend certainly continues, as The Cory Weeds Quintet cooks its way through a delightful selection of nine songs.
As you might expect the music here is highly driven by Weeds’ tenor saxophone work. That is a good thing since he really knows his way around the sax.
Weeds though knows a quintet is not a one-man show, and at times the rest of the band is given its time to shine. Joining Weeds in the quintet are Jim Rotondi on trumpet, Ross Taggart, piano, John Webber, bass, and Willie Jones III on drums. For example, the drums get some lovin’ on Ella’s Walk.
Weeds, Taggart and Rotondi also have their hand in writing almost all of the music here, which adds some intimacy to the performance.
While the disk is generally an upbeat one, Little Unknown One slows the pace down considerably, and is a beautiful piece of music, made all the sweeter as it stands out against the rest of the material here.
If you like jazz, check this one out www.cellarlive.com
It’s just what great jazz is supposed to be.
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 23, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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