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The Jaz Life

  • 1. In Walked John
    2. My Romance
    3. Drowning in My Own Tears
    4. Mystic Trumpet Man
    5. Croquet Ballet
    6. Lucky Seven
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 453

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert G. Koester
    EngineerPaul Serrano

    Personnel includes: Malachi Thompson (trumpet), Carter Jefferson, Joe Ford.
    Personnel: Malachi Thompson (trumpet); Joe Ford (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Carter Jefferson (tenor saxophone); Kirk Brown (piano); Nasar Abadey (drums); Richard Lawrence (congas).
    Recording information: Paul Serrano Recording (06/30/1991).
    Photographers: Michael Wilderman; Ted Gray.
    On his second CD for Delmark, trumpeter Malachi Thompson's surrounds himself with powerful sidemen, while emphasizing that the "jaz" life (one z purposefully left off) is a struggle to overcome and to thrive in the midst of obstacles. Saxophonists Carter Jefferson and Joe Ford contribute mightily; pianist Kirk Brown and bassist Harrison Bankhead play inside and out with equal aplomb; while rhythm navigators, drummer Nasar Abadey and percussionist Richard Lawrence, keep things potent and swinging. These six compositions are life-affirming acknowledgments to such important icons as John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, who have inspired Thompson during his struggle with a rare lymphomatic cancer. A Thompson original, "In Walked John," starts the CD off with a rippling Wayne Shorter/Lee Morgan-esque melody wed to a well swung Louis Jordan R&B beat. The Trane-like "Cousin Mary" features Jefferson's dusky tenor sax solo and Brown's McCoy Tyner-esque piano. Meanwhile, "Mystic Trumpet Man," is thoroughly modern with soulful yet spiritual nuances, and more Chi-town injections. Thompson really hits the note consistently with this band of modern mainstream jazz masters performing at their best--recommended.

  • Critic Reviews
    Option (Sept.-Oct./92, p.132) - "..Hearing is believing, and this is a superb traditional post-bop disc...Thompson plays with fire and wisdom throughout.."
    Musician (9/92, p.108) - "..a hard bop record that sounds a lifetime or two away from what that term means...Informality is never confused with slackness...Call it the tightest after-hours session ever.."
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