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A Tribute To Clark Kent - Krypton A Tribute To Clark Kent - Egroeg Gezpacho Sabroso Dance for Denica At the Mountains of Madness Jesse's Theme The Mosquito Steps Out Aural Hallucination
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Andy Narell, David Dunaway, George Marsh, Dave Creamer, Glen Cronkhite, Larry Dunlap, Fender Rhodes, Jeff Narell, Kenneth Nash, Richard Waters|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "Take Its Advice!"Review by Big Toots
Mel Martin is no time-waster. Not only does he provide an immediate directive by way of this recording’s title, “Listen,” but as needle hits wax (“as laser scans data” just doesn’t have the same effect now, does it?), we’re off and running wildly, grabbed by a Corea-festive by way of “Cape Verdean” speedball groove. And, Martin doesn’t let our ears off the hook until a near 45 minutes later. The album is simply addictive.
Recorded in 1977, “Listen” sounds as if it was canned yesterday. It’s a unique blending of straight-ahead jazz and energized funk-jazz-rock with generous dollops of Latin sauce. In addition to Martin’s supreme soprano, flute and tenor saxes, the marvelous steel pan and piano work of Andy Narrell adds exotic aural attraction to the activities (“Aural Hallucination”).
Martin is a master jazz improviser who seems to lavish in and also slay the faster tempos (“Egroeg,” an obvious tribute to Mr. Reeves, given the “Clark Kent” title tribute, “At the Mountains of Madness”). His tenor sound is canyon-deep and yet it dove-tails sweetly with Narrell’s pan and piano (”Krypton,” a hauntingly beautiful dreamscape). “Gezpacho Sabroso” is a dawning in a jazz jungle that’s coming to life with Martin’s Gato-like chanting over Dave Dunaway’s boiling bass and George Marsh’s percussive textures. On the catchy and lightly textural “Dance for Denica,” Martin shades Herbie Mann over Dunaway’s bass riffing and Narrell’s solo piano is a multi-hued flittering butterfly. Dave Creamer’s guitar guesting on the oddly-metered “At the Mountains of Madness” is another highlight. “Jesse’s Theme,” a gorgeous impressionistic chant, seals the deal and renders “Listen” worthy of endless repeats.
One might guess why the graphic cover image here depicts the infinitely mysterious and motionless Easter Island monolithic statues. Perhaps they’re enthralled and completely immersed in this terrific recording. I was and am definitely not going to remain silent about it.
(Posted on 6/21/2015)
- ListenReview by Simon Sez
Listen recorded two albums for Inner City, doing a fine job of mixing together jazz, rock and World Music. In addition to Martin, who plays tenor, flute, piccolo and soprano, the quartet features the pioneering jazz steel drum player Andy Narell. This is fun and colorful music.
Simon Sez: Listen Featuring Mel Martin (IC 1025) has the early fusion band not only featuring saxophonist Martin but Andy Narell on steel drums. (Posted on 5/6/2014)
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