Business Man's Bounce

Business Man's Bounce

by Bill Easley



Bill Easley has an extensive résumé as a sideman, but has led relatively few record dates of his own during his long career. But this excellent disc ought to open up more recording opportunities for him. With a potent rhythm section comprised of pianist Larry Ham, bassist Hassan JJ Shakur, and veteran drummer Michael Carvin (the latter a strong leader in his own right), the tenor saxophonist explores familiar material from a wide background in new avenues. His boisterous R&B-flavored take of Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right" features his gritty tenor and some comical spoken asides in spots. The Off Broadway Woodwind Ensemble add a lush background of reeds to several tracks, including a gorgeous rendition of "September Song," and provide additional color to the snappy setting of Randy Weston's "Hi Fly." "Chelsea Bridge" falls into a rut on many record dates, but Easley's breezy approach with a Latin undercurrent gives it a fresh sound. The leader is equally enjoyable soloing on clarinet (while overdubbing his tenor), playing a classic jazz gem like W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues" that would find him at home with any traditional jazz band; cornetist Warren Vaché is a special guest and he provides the perfect foil for Easley. Finally, with the addition of fellow tenorist Frank Wess on Easley's cooking "Mentor," the quartet sounds like a much larger ensemble with the two full-bodied tenor players. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2007
Label: 18th & Vine
UPC: 0723721312657
catalogNumber: 1055

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Easley   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Michael Carvin   Drums
Warren Vaché   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Larry Ham   Piano
Off Broadway Woodwind Ensemble   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Bill Easley   Liner Notes
Irving Mills   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
R. Andrew Lepley   Cover Photo
Jack Kreisberg   Producer,Audio Production

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