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Cymbal Melodies

Jordan Young Audio CD

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I said last year that Jordan Young had great skill as a leader as well as performer. His group is solid and concise. Making the jump from his independent self-titled debut to the perfect home of Posi-Tone Records, Jordan Young delivers his newest release, Cymbal Melodies. And it is just as pronounced and confident as his debut. A strong step forward. The two opening numbers, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" are killer. Jordan turns "Raindrops..." into a real barn-burning. It's smokin' and really fun. You almost don't recognize it thanks to some crafty and infectious work by Charette and Rothbard. But Young's kit sounds explosive throughout. "...Phoenix" is midtempo with a groovy melody that is set with some clever and understated timing by Young. This while Charette and Rothbard give the tune a real sense of emotional structure. "Bird Bath" is sneaky in its structure thanks to Charette's hip crunchy styling. The dialogue between Young and Charette (longtime bandmates) is superb. "Mood For McCann" is a funky number where Young unleashes Sucato and Rothbard to exchange some fierce lines that are quite soulful; they might have you reminiscing for Jack McDuff and Grant Green. With Cymbal Melodies , Jordan Young reaches the next level in what looks to be a sparkling career. Posi-Tone was the perfect choice for this release, fitting nicely with the label's current stable of artists. But more importantly, a great number of people will and should get to hear an artist who is quickly finding his voice as a composer and performer. Cymbal Melodies is a solid must listen. --Stephan Moore, JazzWrap

Jordan Young is a drummer leading a group on this recording that features Brian Charette on organ, Avi Rothbard on guitar and Joe Sucato on tenor saxophone. Young is a subtle drummer, using shades of texture and nuance instead of dramatic loud playing. The album is a very solid mainstream jazz session melding pop music, the earworm melody of Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head which flirts with cheese but never quite succumbs and Roxanne which is played a seductive and slithering funk, weaving in and out of the song, developing a nice feature for Sucato. The groups jazz roots are firmly planted, with a fine interpretation of Grant Green s Grantstand taken as a fast trio performance with nice guitar soloing. Also interesting is The Best Thing for Me Is You where organ and guitar sit out, leaving Young on brushes and Sucato building deep and dark tones from his tenor saxophone, taking a unique and quite successful duo approach. The group ends the album with three trio pieces, all uptempo, anchored by the Young original Mood for McCann which deftly adds elements for soul to an already simmering stew. --Tim Niland - Music And More

I have to admit when I first saw the tune selection on this disc I wondered how in the world Jordan Young could pull it off. You have a hard bop tune from Lee Morgan along with some more classic covers from Grant Green and Irving Berlin and mixed in you see some more older popular standards from Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb and Sting. Life is easy, people make it hard. Same goes for music. Jordan Young's Cymbal Melodies streets on Sept. 11th 2012 and given the variety of tunes served up the transitions are seamless and obvious potential pitfalls are easily avoided. The key to any good tune is melody. There is what I consider a predominant school of thought among some younger musicians that hanging out in odd meter and the speed is king mentality is a sure ticket for jazz stardom. Never reharm a cover tune to the point the original composer would have a hard time recognizing his own work. Young doesn't. The release works so well because Young and this formidable 4tet allow the melody to take center stage. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" is turned into a shuffle beat with the intensity kicked up just a notch to breath fresh life into a perhaps tired classic. Sting's "Roxanne" is at the same time left essentially alone as is "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" made popular by Glen Campbell. At times a beautiful melody can and needs to stand alone. Brian Charette does an amazing job playing it essentially straight and has a harmonic foundation as solid as any organ player working today. Guitarist Avi Rothbard and saxophonist Joe Sucato work with the same sense of lyrical integrity to combine for an incredibly entertaining release. Should this 4tet continue working together and with this level of proficiency then the sky is the limit. "Best Thing For You Is Me" from Irving Berlin has just the right amount of pop to it without bordering on the easy listening on steroids factor others have given the tune. Young contributes two originals in "Bird Bath" and "Mood For McCann" which sound like standards waiting in the on deck circle. As a drummer, Jordan Young has an innate ability to swing and play with the type of finesse that other players twenty years his senior struggle with. An exciting young talent to keep an eye on! Another Posi-Tone debut that takes 5 stars easy. This is old school made new cool and done the right way. --Brent Black - @CriticalJazz

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