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Positootly by John Beasley

There are rare instances in any art expression when all the elements gets together to create a piece of art that borders on perfection. When a good painter or sculptor get that moment of inspiration or when a good script, director and actors coincide in the creation of a movie classic.

John Beasley Grammy nominated album Positootly is a good example of what happens when masters instrumentalists, the kind of instrumentalists you rarely find outside of Jazz, gets together. This is what Jazz is all about, quality musicians creating memorable, quality music.

All the elements that makes Jazz a form of music like no other are here.

a. Creative, virtuosic musicians with a high level of technique and artistry. This is really a superb trio with John Beasley on piano, James Genus on bass and Jeff Tain Watts on drums. With equally superb special guest, Bennie Maupin on sax, Brian Lynch on trumpet and Munyungo Jackson on percussion.

b. Complex harmonies, like the re-harmonized, exquisite version of Jobim's Dindi.

c. Polyrhythms and rhythm variations, like the tempo changes on Black Thunder and Eight Winds. All of this wrapped up in the wonderful compositions and arrangements of John Beasley.

Positootly means absolutely positive, and that is precisely what you will find on this album, crisp, highly energized, swinging, positive music. The good energy of first track "Caddo Bayou", with music that will surely keep your feet tapping, and powerful trumpet and sax improvisations are outstanding, along with the intense playing and interesting arrangement of Astor Piazzola "Tanguedia III." The funky groove of Bobby Timmons "So Tired," the echoes of New Orleans music on "Shatita Boom Boom" and the lyricism of the bluesy piece "Elle" complete the perfection.

John is truly an amazing pianist, imaginative composer, creative improviser and arranger. With Positootly, he created an album that people will look back on as one of the first jazz classic albums of the 21th century.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: John Beasley
  • CD Title: Positootly
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Resonance Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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