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Top Shelf is the fourth release for longtime conspirators Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece. Their brand of original straight-ahead jazz is heartfelt and swinging with an interesting mix of complexity and accessibility. Gillece's vibraphone and Fowser's tenor saxophone playing are equally grounded in the tradition with an aggressive approach to modern sensibilities. Both deliver memorable solos throughout, although tracks such as "Stranded in Elizabeth" and "Unstoppable" stand out with performances that seem especially inspired. Trombonist Michael Dease adds color to the proceedings and demonstrates his virtuosity on the samba "Pequenina." A strong rhythm section comprised of pianist Steve Einerson, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Rodney Green elevates the session to a status that is indeed top shelf. --John Barron - The Jazz Word

If, as they say, the third time s the charm, what does that make the fourth time? If it s concerning a collaboration by tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and vibraphonist Behn Gillece, it s even more so the charm. Top Shelf continues the progression of NYC s dynamic duo of mainstream with another strong set of originals stronger yet than on the prior DuoTone and the freshness from yet another completely different backing band. Steve Einerson (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Rodney Green (drums) are the latest group of vets to round out the Fowser/Gillece sound. They ve got one more other thing going for them this time: Michael Dease sits in and shares the Fowser/Gillece front line for half of the tracks. As the heir apparent to Curtis Fuller as straight jazz s top trombonist, he brings more pizazz, more sonic heft to the already substantial hard bop. That extra dimension often puts songs over the top, like Gillece s Slick, which has both the structure and the suave of John Coltrane s Blue Trane. Evoking a 50 s meeting of jazz giants, Fowser plays with a sackful of soul, Dease effortlessly follows Douglas bass walk with his plunger and Gillece swings like Bags. Stranded In Elizabeth boasts a vibes/sax/trombone unison line, where on his solo turn, Dease runs through notes with astonishing speed and clarity, and he dazzles again on the Brazilian seasoned Pequenina. For his part, Gillece draws much inspiration from Bobby Hutcherson when he burns on leads for cuts such as Elizabeth, the classic pop melody Ginger Swing and a faster paced Brazilian strain, Proximity. Fowser s relaxed but soulful style complements his counterpart well and excels on the ballads, where his smoky sweet delivery really makes a tender song like For The Moment. The supporting cast often bear more than a passing resemblance to the Jazz Messengers Green plays that signature circular Art Blakey rhythm for Unstoppable, and Einerson plays like a funkier version of Bobby Timmons on Due Diligence. The sax/vibes front line combination isn t one that s been tried many times in jazz, but Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece make you wonder that s so when it sounds so good. Then again, there aren t many out there who can do it as well as these cats. And they do it better with each time out. Top shelf mainstream jazz, indeed. --S. Victor Aaron - Something Else!


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  1. SlickBehn Gillece 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Stranded in ElizabethBehn Gillece 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Due DiligenceBehn Gillece 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Ginger SwingBehn Gillece 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. UnstoppableBehn Gillece 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. DiscardedBehn Gillece 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. PequeninaBehn Gillece 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. For the MomentBehn Gillece 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Top ShelfBehn Gillece 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. ProximityBehn Gillece 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Posi-Tone Records
  • ASIN: B00BOXZA7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wizmer PD on June 13, 2013
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I have all 4 albums. I love great Jazz and this is it. Ken Fowser is awesome! I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By glenn.lynn on April 30, 2013
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I am not an avid Jazz listener but when I hear something I like I will listen to it repeatedly. I have listened to this record probably 10 times since downloading it a week ago. I like it for work or when I am at home relaxing. There is a very classic sound to each song that makes them sound familiar even though it is all new music. I would recommend this album to anyone who loves music!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Israel Guibbory on May 10, 2013
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The CD was new and shrinkwrapped. I enjoyed the music but was disappointed that the CD came in a cardboard sleeve instead of the traditional jewel case.
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