Jazzmosis: Baker's Dozen (2006)
Jazz is not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Vermont, but the Green Mountain State has been home to a few talented jazz musicians. One of the state's best kept secrets is the band Jazzmosis, a piano-less sextet of uber-talented and multifaceted musicians who play all styles of jazz from bop to fusion with equal facility. Their second self-produced release consists of ten bop and hard bop standards and three originalshence the name Baker's Dozen.
This music is reminiscent of Cannonball Adderley's soul jazz recordings, with a touch of atonality in just the right spots to add a uniqueness to the mood the music creates. The solos are short but very logical, and although they are not adventurous, they are quite enjoyable, soaring out of tight arrangements and funky beats and fading back into the natural progression of the music. My favorite is the guitar solo on "Boys Will Be Bop."
The group gives standards fresh interpretations marked by deference, without diminishing their original worth, and the three originals blend in very well with the others, as they are in the same vein. This unique recording from a talented group of musicians, although not groundbreaking, is a fresh, surprising and enjoyable retelling of bop and hard bop standards.
Track Listing: Salt Peanuts; In Walked Horace; Cold Duck Time; Serenade to a Cuckoo; Boys Will Be Bop; Night in Tunisia; Al's Mist; Aria's Waltz; I Mean You; Sidewinder; It Don't Mean A Thing; Watersign; Toronto Shuffle.
Personnel: Jack Phipps: trumpet; Marty McRae: trombone; Steve Bredice: saxophones; Aron Garceau: guitar; Andy Smith: bass; Dov Schiller: drums; percussion; vibraphone.
Record Label: Egan Media Productions