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The Element of Swing

  • 1. Sweet Mama
    2. Etp
    3. Hello Joe
    4. Emperor Jones
    5. Lonnie's Lament
    6. Chealsea Bridge
    7. Impressionistic
    8. Like Blues
    9. Street Freak
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 122

  • Credits
    ProducerEd Thigpen
    EngineerLars Palsig

    Personnel includes: Ed Thigpen (drums); Joe Lovano (saxophone); Carsten Dahl (piano); Jesper Rodllisen (bass).
    Recorded live in 2001.
    Personnel: Ed Thigpen (drums); Joe Lovano (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Carsten Dahl (piano).
    Audio Mixers: Ole Matthiessen; Ed Thigpen; Lars Palsig; Carsten Dahl.
    Liner Note Authors: Ed Thigpen; Thorbjorn Sjogren.
    Recording information: Copenhagen Jazz House (10/01/2001/10/??/2001).
    Photographer: Gorm Valentin.
    Ed Thigpen started the group Rhythm Features in 1998 and the second recording by the band adds a special guest, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. With each member of the quartet contributing originals, along with a pair of tried-and-true jazz compositions by earlier greats, everything worked very well on this 2001 concert at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse. Thigpen's strutting "Sweet Mama" contrasts with his "ETP," a piece which combines bop with a West Indian flavor in its theme, featuring a burning solo by Lovano. The tenor saxophonist penned the lovely ballad "Emperor Jones" and "Impressionistic," the latter featuring a rare performance by Lovano on bass clarinet, accompanied by Thigpen's sensitive percussion. Bassist Jesper Bodilsen's "Hello Joe" is an easygoing hard bop vehicle, while the racehorse tempo of pianist Carsten Dahl's "Street Freak" clearly energizes the band. The brisk treatment of John Coltrane's "Lonnie's Lament" features Lovano's most soulful playing of the evening, while the mellow interpretation of "Chelsea Bridge" initially shows the influence of the late great Ben Webster, though Lovano's approach to this landmark ballad is very much his own. This very satisfying concert is warmly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (June 2002, p.54) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...Music of moments, rather than integrated totality..."
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