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The Night is Still Young by Alphonse Mouzon

Alphonse has been on the Jazz scene for some time. Having played with the likes of Weather Report, McCoy Tyner and Larry Coryell's 11th House to name a few, Alphonse began his own label called Tenacious Records. Most of the recordings on that label might be classified as smooth Jazz. I would describe it as Jazz according to Alphonse Mouzon. Repeated listening to these recordings show that not only is Alphonse interested in creating beautiful melodies, but also some fine effective percussion along the way. The Night Is Still Young is a departure of sorts for Alphonse, being more of a straight ahead Jazz album, with some interesting hooks, and great playing from the likes of sax greats, Ernie Watts, Ralph Moore, and Gerald Albright.

What I find interesting is how Alphonse incorporates his own unique style of drumming into these selections. For example listen to Protocol, and at once you are hypnotized by the way Alphonse compliments the arrangement without getting in the way. Ernie Watts takes a wonderful solo, as well. Ernie is one of the busiest men on the scene today. This is one of my favorite recordings from 1996. You should also check out the other recordings released on Tenacious Records. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Alphonse Mouzon
  • CD Title: The Night is Still Young
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 1996
  • Record Label: Tenacious Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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