Jazz CD Reviews

Mel Brown Quartet – Girl Talk (Brown, drums; Tony Pacini, piano; Dan Balmer, guitar; Ed Bennett, bass)


Published on May 19, 2005

Mel Brown Quartet – Girl Talk (Brown, drums; Tony Pacini, piano; Dan Balmer, guitar; Ed Bennett, bass)
Mel Brown Quartet – Girl Talk (Brown, drums; Tony Pacini, piano; Dan
Balmer, guitar; Ed Bennett, bass) – Saphu SCD-0021, 60:47 **** [
www.SaphuRecords.com ]

This brand new release
is the first from a quartet that came together at Portland, Oregon’s
Jimmy Mak’s jazz club three years ago. Led by legendary drummer Mel
Brown, the quartet plays every Wednesday night at the club. Though
Brown has been playing in the area for many years, the other three
member have all been band leaders themselves. Guitarist Balmer is a
real whiz, turning out some blistering solos as skilled as the very
best of his ilk. Pianist Pacini has a strong percussive style that is
never obscured by the drums or guitar. This is straight-ahead modern
jazz that swings like nobody’s business. The mix and sonics are first
rate too.

Tracks: Brown Baggin,’ Girl Talk, Now’s Not the Time, Silverplated
Song, Just Squeeze Me, Oldest Son, Venus, Good Friday, Waltz for Theo,
Milestones.

- John Henry




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