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Elaines Song by Chris Colangelo

This young man, Chris Colangelo, has firmly established his position as one of the premier bassists in the jazz milieu. When he solos, it's dexterity plus rhythmic perfection. His sound is big, but sensitivity is inherent in every note.

Somehow I feel that this writer was responsible for penning the sobriquet the "Ubiquitous One" on Colangelo because he is much in demand and appears in all the major jazz clubs. So, the first tune is aptly titled "The Ubiquitous One." Bob Sheppard's solo is a study in ideation and sonority. The bass speaks volumes in understated, but dynamic fashion.

"Like Kenny" opens with the plaintive, but powerful sound of Benn Clattworthy, who then takes the tenor to another level with a solilioquy that has a message that bespeaks of a master player. I have long admired Clatworthy for his ability to swing and his unafraid style. Clatworthy plays whatever he wants to. The transference of ideas from mind to horn is incredible. John Beasley's piano solo is a bop inspired tour de force that adds much to the tune.

In "Gryffindor's Revenge," Colangelo struts and walks his bass like the Nicholas Brother's danced. Beasley has a Powellesque solo that is a thing of beauty. Chris Colangelo is magnificent in his time at bat, the notes flew and the ideas flowed like the Malibu surf.

All of the tunes on this album were composed by Chris Colangelo except tracks seven and eight. This recording demonstrates this bassist's ability to compose, arrange, and then transport it all into orbit in the rarified air where few dare to venture.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Chris Colangelo
  • CD Title: Elaines Song
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: C-Note Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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