CD Review: Jordan Young Group

7Sometimes one needs to relax and listen to some competent trio or quartet playing soothing jazz that feeds the inner soul. And so it came to pass that a message appeared in my Inbox from one very polite New Yorker (I know that sounds like an oxymoron) asking if he could send me his band‘s CD for review. Sudden fame! Me not him. How did he latch onto me? But, I digress. The CD arrived with another polite note reminding me of our correspondence and requesting any feedback. The album has twelve tracks ranging from ‗standards‘ to free-ranging com-positions by some of the band‘s members. The twelve tracks include: Pat Metheny‘s H and H; Cole Porter‘s Every Time We Say Goodbye; and Wayne Shorter‘s Angola. The four guys in the band are: Joe Sucato (tenor sax), Brian Charette (organ), Yotam Silverstein (guitar) and Jor-dan Young (drums). That the band members are young shows in their approach to each tune. They play well together but without the restric-tions of long-time studio work which tends to bring about a certain flip-pancy in musicians. These guys are keen but at the same time relaxed and comfortable in their individual roles. The result is a relaxed but typically swinging New York style of contemporary jazz. I particularly liked Brian Charette‘s work on JF Blues and the way in which Sucato and Silberstein combined on My One And Only Love. Drummer Young is solid throughout. If there is one negative comment it is the lack of liner notes giving background information on the musos and their compositions. I would liked to have read more about their back-ground and history (educational and influences). Some of this info is available on jordanyoung.net. With the correct promotion and airtime this album should attract a band of followers and I urge these men to get ‗connected‘. Problem is the demise of jazz radio as we once knew it. I suggest that the band contacts Rich Keith for some radio time and possibly Braithwaite & Katz or Cheryl Hughey for promotional assistance.
The album is available from cdbaby.com/Artist/JordanYoungGroup