Longevity has its rewards in many aspects of life, however in music it just defines rhythm. A rhythm, flow if you will, that may never be reproduced or explained, so has this point resurfaced when it comes to MCG’s newest release. Opening up with a groove sound and off to lands unknown, this collaboration of extremely hot sounds comes from a live stage. Out of the creative minds of The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra ignites Live at MCG (Manchester Craftsman Guild), a very strong taste of jazz.
As I massage in my mind the serene tones of "Nature Boy", I can’t help but acquire a sentimental joy in knowing that it was all built with loyalty. Loyalty defined by the music and the sculptures of twenty years of feverish drive and intense passion for the jazz mystique. This project makes it all come together in one spin. Sure the names have changed, but the spirit of the feel and pure sound never was compromised as performed in composition within the Live at MCG release.
Crisp and exact are the ivories throughout the project however in "Lullaby Of The Leaves" Tamir Hendelman makes a science out of sound. Equally educational are the teachings of brass created in the offering "Silver Celebration", recorded with a rich beat and precise timing. The trumpet solo is heated and melting with cool allowing the listener to a welcome sensation. Nice Job!
The whole offering bleeds commitment. For twenty years it has been just that! I am not going to get into comparisons or the usual technical rubbish. This is by far a very listener friendly project, designed to enhance the experience of well-composed and executed jazz from a big band arena.
My only regret is that I was not there. Take it in and embrace the sounds.