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Peacetime by Chip Shelton

There was supposed to be a quiet storm brewing with the new release of Chip Shelton’s follow up to his successful 2003 release Flute Bass-ics featuring the Ron Carter Quartet. Unfortunately the storm appears to have stalled over the Pacific Ocean.

Starting off with "Imprints", Shelton sounds here like Coltrane with alto flute which in some opinions is always good. Horace Silver’s "Peace" comes third. Vocals are by Jann Parker, added lyrics are by Doug Carn. Parker adds great vocals to this song; her voice is a rough silk with some good lines from Shelton.

Close to eleven minutes, "Down Home New York", an Archie Shepp tune that stands up good here. Greg Bufford’s drumming is precise; the bass playing of Marcus McLaurine is solid. Roy Meriwether adds some great piano. Chip Shelton on vocals proclaiming that New York ain’t so bad. Neither is this track.

Through the originals composed by Shelton with added lyrics by Doug Carn and the vocals of Jann Parker whom duets with Shelton on "Peace (Reprise)" which lasts just under a minute is a great way to end this album that has some moments but also has some moments of head scratching. His flutes do add to the tracks but in some areas they take away which almost leaves the others dry - especially guitarist Lou Volpe.

The storm may have stalled over the Pacific but I’ve known rivers and for Shelton, this is his sixth release, these rivers are starting flow away from the ocean and they will reach homeland soon. This is getting him there.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Chip Shelton
  • CD Title: Peacetime
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Summit Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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