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Milkin' the Groove!
on July 5, 2009
Drummer Joey Baron assembled quite a band for this recording: Bill Frisell on guitar, veteran Ron Carter on bass, and one of my very favorites, Arthur Blythe on alto sax. The music is mostly slow and kind of funky, but with a bit of a sheen of intellectualism to it. This is not a true "down-home" recording session, it is more a group of crack, sophisticated musicians having fun by getting together in the studio and playing in a down-home style. Baron seems to be having much more fun here than he did when playing with Marc Johnson's "Summer Running" (see my review elsewhere) aggregation--perhaps writing all the music really inspired him to put his all into the session.
In any event, this is great stuff. Blythe is, as always, a monster on the sax; Frisell has fun playing this kind of stuff, or playing at this kind of stuff; and Carter is a solid rock on bass, content to stay in the background, but playing with a big, fat, sweet tone and touch on his upright. This is one of those CDs that you find yourself just wanting to play over and over again--it gets in a groove and milks it for all it's worth.