Rob Parton, Ensemble 9: Children of the Night
Of the five known recording nonets, two are on the inactive list in New York and the remaining three are active in Chicago!
Jazz educator and big band leader Rob Parton has assembled stunning recording here. The band has a very modern edge modeled from the Blue Note recordings and much of the straight-ahead playing that has occurred in the intervening 30 years. The repertoire is taken and expanded from the '60's with tunes like Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and the album title, Coltrane's "Naima," Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat," Herbie Hancock's "One Finger Snap," and Miles' "Nardis."
The arrangements have a lot of character due to good use of counterpoint and tonal colors. Although a nonet, the listener might believe that he hears a big band due to the fine arranging from Paul McKee, Jim Gailloreto, Cliff Colnot, Kirk Garrison and Rob Parton.
The soloists match the modern persona of the band. Trombonists Mike Moore and Paul McKee are unbelievably fluid on a tough instrument. Trumpeters Ron Friedman and Rob sound strong and never hit a clam. Saxophonists Jim Gailloreto, Mark Colby, Bob Frankich and Linda Van Dyke are totally solid. The rhythm section, with pianist Karl Montzka, drummer Bob Rummage and bassists Paul Martin or Rob Amster, is impeccable!
There is so much good music in Chicago and Rob Parton continually proves that he is one of the crowning jewels of the scene.—MV
Available on Hallway Records, www.hallwayrecords.com.