Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Doug Webb Triple Play Posi-Tone 2015

An old school blowing session that can touch your heart and set you're hair on fire at the same time!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
I love a review that can write itself. Sure, one can take the more theoretical approach to looking at this release but I have yet to meet a person that bought a release based on meter. Doug Webb is joined with tenor titans Joel Frahm and Walt Weiskopf for a real deal old school throw down of tunes both old and new and a swing that is at times relentless!
The covers are classic yet not predictable for this particular setting including "Giant Steps" along with the  Lou Donaldson tune "Alligator Boogaloo." These two particular tunes are pushed to new heights thanks to organist Brian Charette and drummer Rudy Royston. Frahm and Weiskopf contribute two stellar numbers in "Jazz Car" and "Three's A Crowd" respectively. Charette shows yet again why he is the organ hot ticket with his solo on "Jazz Car" and drummer Royston is pure finesse each step of the way. Taking the more zen like less is more approach the artistic approach to three simple yet edgy choruses shows why Webb may well be one of the finest tenor players on the scene deserving of far wider recognition. Webb originals such as "Jones" and "Triple Play" are simply icing on the cake and confirm Webb as an artist that is as technically gifted as he artistically proficient!
A hard bop visceral slap to the head has Triple Play virtually flawless.
5 Stars!
Tracks: Jones; Three's A Crowd; Giant Steps; The Way Things Are; Avalon; Jazz Car; Your Place Or Mine; I Concentrate On You; Pail Blues; Alligator Boogaloo; Triple Play.