As jazz enthusiasts, when it comes to what qualifies as jazz, we tend to embellish a pompous from a purist’s perspective regarding this beloved music. In fact, some boldly render the treasured albums by Trane, Miles, Ellington, Bird, or Evans most notably to say if the sound doesn’t harbor these elements, it is not jazz or worthy of our time attitude.
If you are unaware, I am an avid lover of modern jazz such as Glasper, Metheny, Yellowjackets, Spalding, Garrett, Iyer, Blanchard, Francies, and the gamut of others who perform this strikingly perplexed, riveting, lyrical, and compelling music imagined in the context of a 21-first century state of mind. As I have learned, music from my perception in all its unintended glory jazz is transformative often unbalance an unmeasurable template shaped, formed, and influenced by a sphere of time, space and cultures embolden by a variety of stimulates harvested by the brilliant minds of extraordinary musicians who dare to create and play this iconic music. As a result, with unwavering hope, their relevant voices provide the world with impactful and stimulating sound heralded as a significant one as future listeners eagerly embraced their music with each generation.
In closing, when I listen to these sumptuous treasures by these amazing artists, I know this for certain. No one, absolutely no one can (should not) compare or attempt to reproduce this formidable sound foreshadowed with the swagger, skills, and aptitude provided by these incredible musicians from eras past. So, I decided to showcase some of these marvelous recordings in a feature titled “COMPARED TO WHAT?” It’s not so much about being separated or better than approach but simply because there is no reason to compare remnants of these masterpieces with emerging artists & recordings today.
With my first featured artist who I did not intend on, but I could not resist the infallible hard-bop and soulful music and genius of pianist/composer Sonny Clark, his singularly challenging fifth album on Blue Note Records titled LEAPIN’ & LOPIN’ is the bomb from 1961. This record features who’s who of the sixties era Charlie Rouse, Tommy Turrentine, Butch Warren, Billy Higgins, and a cameo by Ike Quebec appears.
If you haven’t heard, test drive LEAPIN’ & LOPIN’ bySonny Clark.