CD Bloom [Jeff Coffin] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 995657),
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Bloom [Jeff Coffin] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Move Your Rug...Processional (Blues for Otha Turner)
    2. Better Do Your Thing
    3. Evil Boweevil, The
    4. My Dog Chunks
    5. Mad Hatter Rides Again, The
    6. Circle of Wills
    7. Hatim
    8. Bloom
    9. Old Jack Craw
    10. As Light Through Leaves
    11. Weird Beard
    12. Wobble
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4395

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Coffin; Jeff Coffin
    EngineerJeff Coffin; Chris Grainger; Robert Battaglia; Louie Fleck; Kurt Storey

    Personnel: Jeff Coffin (vocals, flute, alto flute, fife, bass clarinet, saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion, bells); Jeff Coffin; Roy Agee (vocals, trombone, percussion); Tyler Wood (vocals, piano, percussion); Johnny Neel (vocals, Hammond b-3 organ); Victor Wooten (vocals, acoustic bass, double bass, electric bass, bass guitar, background vocals); Jeff Sipe (vocals, drums, percussion, background vocals); Paul Brantley (cello); Rahsaan Barber (tenor saxophone); Rod McGaha (trumpet); Roland Barber (trombone); Joe Murphy (tuba); Derek P. Jones (double bass); Derico Watson (drums, tambourine); Future Man (percussion); Pat Bergeson (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); Bla Fleck (banjo); Chris Thile (mandolin); Kirk Whalum (soprano saxophone); DJ Logic (turntables); W.O. Smith Community Music School Choir.
    Audio Mixer: Shane D. Wilson.
    Recording information: Dark Horse Recording, Franklin, TN (06/2003); Huckleberry Row, Nashville, TN (06/2003); Officerfishdumplings Studios (06/2003); The Carport, Nashville, TN (06/2003); The Shack, New York, NY (06/2003); Vix's Mix, Nashville, TN (06/2003).
    Photographer: Jeff Coffin.
    We've heard of quartets, quintets, sextets, etc, but "mu'tet"s? That's the multi-saxophonist's way of covering the many different ensemble switches and guest personnel appearing on this wildly wonderful, genre-defying effort, which was made possible by the hiatus of Bla Fleck & the Flecktones, of which Jeff Coffin has been a member of since 1997. The energy of the up-tempo tracks -- which range from the brassy New Orleans "second line" party tunes "Move Your Rug" and "Better Do Your Thing" to the hip-hop soul-jazz of "The Mad Hatter Rides Again" -- is so intense that you never want it to come down. When DJ Logic is working the turntables and Tyler Wood is doing the B-3, we be jammin' for sure. Thus, the dreary if well played "Circle of Wills" crashes the party with an unfortunate thud -- but only temporarily, with the in-from-outer-space, seven-minute "Hatim" to the rescue. The song has a trippy African percussion vibe, moody bassline (by bandmate Victor Wooten) and creeping ambience, weird but cool as Bla Fleck's banjo plucks along with machine generated voices; the only disappointment here is the way too esoteric use of Kirk Whalum and Coffin's formidable dual sax talents. Coffin switches to flute on the folksy title track, which features a kids' choir, then steps aside as slide guitarist Pat Bergeson simmers with gospel intensity on the Coffin composition "Old Jack Craw" (which features no woodwind). Coffin's flute on the lyrical "As Light Through Leaves" is probably his most melodic playing on the whole disc, and his bluesy sax on "Wobble" makes for a fun-loving closer. All over the place? Sure. Self-indulgent? Maybe. But take away a track or two and the open-minded listener has probably never had this much crazy fun on one collection. So get over it. ~ Jonathan Widran

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