【EC3 - Its All About the Rhythm】(2013)

(English follows Japanese)

 

My Favorite Album (401)


By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

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Rating

 Musical Performance  ★★★★

 Sound Quality           ★★★★

 Overall Enjoyment     ★★★★


Ernest "EC3" Colemanはイタリア生まれのComposerDrummerVirginia州の「Naval Conservatory of Music」で学び、卒業後はNavu Banへ参加。その後LAに移りSingerLoretta Hollowayのバンドのmusical directorに就任。12年間で数回の世界ツアーを行い、シンフォニー・オーケストラの指揮も務める。その後Las Vegasに移り、Frank Sinatraの専属Pianist兼コンダクターであったVincent FalconeTrioに参加したのを皮切りに、Frank SinatraKevin Toney, Kenny Burrell, Russell Malone, Lorendo Alameida, Lorez Alexandria, John Clayton, George Cables, Herman Riley, Charlie Owens, Vic Damone, Diahann Carroll, Pudgy, The Caesar Palace Orchestra, The Harrah’s Tahoe Orchestra, The Harrah’s Reno Orchestra,The Las Vegas Symphony等と共演。2011年にリーダー・アルバム“Her Eyes at Sunset”をリリース。


本作、
"Its All About the Rhythm "EC32枚目のリーダー・アルバムです。


まずはメンバーが豪華絢爛ですね。Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz系からStraight-ahead系まで勢揃い。

OpenerPedro Flores作曲の"Obsession"。ダンサブルなラテン系ジャズです。ゴキゲンです!Teddy BakerのぶっとくてゴリゴリのTenor Saxが曲にマッチしています。ソロはSammy Manguia(piano)Endingに向けてTeddy Bakerが吹き倒します。カッコイイ!驚くのはEC3のアレンジが秀逸なこと。シンフォニー・オーケストラのコンダクターという経歴も伊達じゃありません。

2
曲目は、ナンとFrank Fosterの「知る人ぞ知る名曲」、"Simone"。泣けるんだよなぁ、この曲。良いセンスしとるね、EC3! Janelle Gillの靭(しな)やか且つ力強いピアノ・ソロが非常に美しい。大好きなんだよな、Janelle GillMcCoyの影響大なダイナミズムと壮大な構成。短いソロがまるで1本の映画を観たような「後味」を残してくれる。なかなか居ません。こういうPianist。音色も大好き。"彼女"(ですよ!)の演奏はMarshall Keys, Kenny Rittenhouse, Nasar Abbadeyのアルバムで聴けます。

Herbie
"Chan's Song"でのJanelle Gillがまたしても素晴らしい!EC3は自分がリーダーだからってDrums Soloを連発するような愚は犯しません。あくまでもBand leaderでありSound Desingner。全体を見ています。流石です。


Trio
で演奏される、Kenny Barronの「気が遠くなるような名曲」(笑)"Sunshower"では、William KnowlesのピアノとMark Saltmanのベース各々のソロと、やっとリーダーのソロも聴けます。


Ceder Walton
”Ojos de Rojo”(これも名曲)から、締めくくりはStevie"Overjoyed"Latinで。サイコウです!

EC3
Drumsですが、まず音色が非常にいいです。気持ちイイです。リズムは重厚ドッシリ系。無駄な手数は出さずに「ココ!」という時に入れるFill Inがセンスに溢れていて最高なんですね。Straight-aheadJazzからR&BAfro-Cuban, Latin系まで「引き出し」がとっても多くて、最適なメロディーを(ドラムで)奏でています。大好き、こういうDrummer

全体に「Band Leader/Musical Director/Arranger」としてのEC3の才能が光る、非常に丁寧に創られた素敵な作品です。

選曲良し!
アレンジ良し!

演奏良し!

オマケに録音も良し!

で、言うことナシ!


Highly recommended!


 Personell

EC3: drums

Sammy Manguia: piano (1, 4,10)

Michael Bowie: bass (1-5, 7, 9-10)

Dominique Patrick Noel: percussion (1, 3-6, 9-10)

Teddy Baker: tenor sax (1, 7, 9)

Arch "Al" Thompson: flute (1, 4, 9)

Janelle Gill: piano (2-3, 5, 7, 9)

Clint Hyson: percussion (3, 5)

Paul Jung: percussion (3, 5)

Laura Sosa: vocal (3)

Dr. Jose Manuel Garcia: piano (6)

Craig Shaw: bass (6)

Francisco "Frankie" Quiñones: percussion (6)

Melvin Jones: trumpet (6)

William Knowles: piano (8)

Mark Saltman: bass (8)


 Track Listings

1. Obsession (Pedro Flores)

2. Simone (Frank Foster)

3. (Summer) Estate (Bruno Brighetti)

4. Mambo Inn (Mario Bauza)

5. Chan's Song (Herbie Hancock)

6. (They Long To Be) Close To You (Burt Bacharack)

7. Speak Low (Kurt Weill)

8. Sunshower (Kenny Barron)

9. Ojos de Rojo (Ceder Walton)

10. Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder)

 

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https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/its-all-about-the-rhythm/id620024004

 

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 Preview

 EC3 CLOSE TO YOU - IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RHYTHM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKtLkeIKAzc

 

 CHAN'S SONG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZuP-Tc1PRA



 Review

Joy and exuberance are like prevailing winds throughout "It's All About the Rhythm", the third release by drummer/bandleader EC3 (aka Ernest Coleman). Vibrant and full of life, EC3 assembles a sound rhythmic foundation in his arrangements of popular and well-known songs mixed with newer, lesser known compositions. EC3 relates that in arranging the songs "[i]n musical styles from Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz to straight-ahead swing, 'It's All About the Rhythm' describes the CD and my philosophy about life."

From the first notes of the opening track "Obsession," it is clear that EC3 is a seasoned veteran and that he understands that music is supposed to be fun (as well as challenging and proficient). The listener is invited to move and dance in the groove-heavy and Latin- tinged "Obsession" (written by Pedro Flores), as well as Afro- Cuban rhythms of "Mambo Inn" (written by Mario Bauza, Grace Samson and Bobby Woodlen). EC3 lays down a salsa groove in his eclectic rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed," which closes the CD with a positive affirmation of how a vibrant interplay of rhythm and a well-known melody can transform a timeless song into a new experience. Another standout track is "Ojos de Rojo," with aggressive percussion by Dominique Patrick Noel accentuating the lively beats of EC3.

EC3 is also introspective and reflective in "Chan's Song" (written by Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder)—pianist Janelle Gill is spotlighted and adds a contemplative melody line and a somewhat haunting mood throughout the piece. As evidenced by Ms. Gill, EC3 is generous in allowing his side musicians to shine throughout the CD. A thoughtful performance of Kenny Barron's "Sunshower" is provided with artful and adroit solos by not only EC3, but also William Knowles on piano and Mark Saltman on bass.

 

With a joyful and rhythm-influenced interpretation of popular and lesser known tunes, "It's All About the Rhythm" provides a satisfying collection of pieces for the casual jazz fan as well as the jazz aficionado.