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Mumphreys Bounce by Scott Boni

Scott Boni is a talented sax player who has been performing since he was seven years old. For his release Mumphrey’s Bounce Boni has gathered some young innovators, John Wulff, Paul Thompson and David Throckmorton. The album features ten tracks, four of them being jazz standards.

Scott's playing surprise greatly with its fast lines and slowing down to half speed making the sound of his saxes sweet and very melodic. Coltrane’s "Lonnie’s Lament" is obviously the piece where Boni appears as an intuitive musician, simply wanting to express himself.
On the first track "Mumphrey’s Bounce," Boni creates a new melody based on a swinging structure, a bebop piece that shows his qualities with the reeds.

Josh Wulff has remarkable moments on "Mumphrey’s Bounce," "Robert Foster Blues" and "For Keeps" and "Kaizen." Wulff shoots off ascending riffs which tend toward a strong funky feel.

Drummer David Throckmorton adopt a steady groove with Paul Thompson as they flow into funky notes deploying virtuosity and fluency in the whole release as they do when playing for "The Boss" in the Big Bop Nouveau Band.

The CD ends with "Bye Bye Blackbird" which is certainly in homage to Charlie Parker.... Jazz would sound completely different without his influence and Boni is quite aware of this!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Scott Boni
  • CD Title: Mumphreys Bounce
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Headquarter Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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