Travelin’ Thru Featuring Johnny Cash: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15, 1967-1969
Highlights—or, more likely, randomly selected tracks—from the Maestro’s latest roundup of odds and sods. Fans of John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline are more than likely to plunk down actual money for the full-on collection after streaming this. “Wanted Man,” featuring Mr. Cash, is a particularly enjoyable bit of studio goofery.
– Chris Manson
Italian-born, New York-based jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso has been flying under the radar, publicity-wise, though Pat Metheny was praising him lavishly three years ago. What fascinates about him is that he models his playing on piano (Bud Powell is reportedly an influence) and bebop jazzmen (Parker, Gillespie, etc.). Grasso’s latest pays tribute to another piano legend. The five tracks, including “Epistrophy,” “‘Round Midnight,” and others, come off with a quiet and reflective intensity, some almost sneaking up on you. This is part of a showcase series Grasso is releasing—stay tuned, and collect them all.
– Bruce Collier
Relaxin’ with Nick
Trumpeter/pianist Nicholas Payton joins Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drummer) for this live recording at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club on the always-excellent Smoke Sessions label. The album title invokes that of a legendary Miles Davis Quintet recording, but Payton isn’t channeling Miles (or Red Garland) here. Making the switch between brass and keyboard, Payton keeps things moving, like a master chef. The 15 tracks include “When I Fall in Love,” which features Payton on vocals. Payton once wrote “I just move blocks of silence around. The notes are an afterthought.” Okay, maybe he is channeling Miles, after all.
– Bruce Collier
Obscure 1982 compilation of Carolina beach favorites somehow escaped my radar when it was first released, but thanks to AllMusic.com’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine, it ended up among the dozen or so albums I just had to check out last weekend. An enjoyable listen from start to finish—you won’t be hearing any of these on the classic rock station (the one in this part of the world, anyway), and who even knew the Spiral Starecase had anything up their sleeves besides “More Today Than Yesterday”?
– Chris Manson
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