Now and Then
Although he first came to prominence on the jazz scene a half century ago, Ornette Coleman still scares people. But his compositions, rooted as they were in classic blues, have long appealed to jazz listeners of every stripe.
It's to Mark Lockett's credit that he has chosen four of Ornette's most accessible yet stimulating tunes and included them on this CD.
Drummer Mark Lockett is a tasteful time-keeper who not only eschews long solos, but clearly espouses the old but very valid notion that a drummer's function in the band is to make everyone sound great, not constantly call attention to his own personal virtuosity.
“Here is an engagingly quirky number from Melbourne drummer Mark Lockett. With a crew of musicians featuring pianist Mark Fitzgibbon, bassist Desmond White, trombonist Shannon Barnett, and Paul Van Ross on tenor sax, he has put together a tribute to Ornette Coleman, the avant-garde alto sax player who so shocked the jazz world in the 1950s with his free-falling harmonies and bouncing rhythms. . . . There are many beautiful moments here. Check out, for instance, Lockett's work on his light little Monk-like number Mr Pickles, which starts with the drums gently leading in, with van Ross and Barnett doubling the tight lines, four bars or even less at a time, and some solid work from White. Or Fitzgibbon's superb attack on Monk's Trinkle Trinkle, his chords and solos way outside and jarring, but swinging hard and streaming with ideas from chromatic runs to blues-inflected flashes. One of the real standouts here is Coleman's Latin-inflected pieceJayne.”
— Leon Gettler, The Age - Green Guide
With a pianistic and compositional style that draws from black gospel, bebop, Latin and R&B sources, Horace Silver was one of the major musicians of the hard-bop and soul-jazz movements of the '50s and '60s.
Where to buy
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Release date
- November 2008
- © 2008 Mark Lockett
- ℗ 2008 Mark Lockett
- Catalogue number
- MCD 388
- EAN 9314574038828