Schwartz - When Music Calls
ryan p. speiser
Marsalis used to have a great gig on the Tonight Show, but
he went off to do some fusion-funk music which helps you to
feel the uncomfortableness of your chair at the concert. Joshua
Redman's group is amazing in concert, but by the end it's
a bunch of sparkling techniques that you no longer care about
because he did the same lick three songs ago. Please don't
mistake me, I am a huge fan of both Marsalis and Redman, but
their albums don't lend themselves to good listening.
Schwartz: pop the CD in the player and your foot starts tapping.
He's got a sound that feels good, soothes the ear, and grooves
your jazzy soul.
Schwartz has a great jazz combo sound! Picture your typical
hotel lounge combo. Now pretend that they are actually good,
really good, and you've got Anton Schwartz. It's a great find
to come across this fresh sound. Jazz listeners haven't seen
too many straightforward groups over the recent years while
the up and coming have followed the supposed need to do something
new and different. Now we've got a saxophonist who plays what
we want to hear and has a tight rhythm section behind him.
When Music Calls is nicely composed. I found an adequate
variety of style to keep it interesting, but within a narrow
enough range to make it bearable. A few down tempo songs are
mixed in with some really groovin' tunes. A few songs in minor
keys balance out the happy tunes. The classic solo breaks
open up the welcome sounds of a melodic saxophone, slappin'
bass, and great drumming. When Music Calls has everything
on my list, everything I want to hear. I applaude the work
Anton Schwartz has put into this album. He's building a promising
future for himself. His success will lie in writing music
for the jazz listener rather than for the masses of pretend-to-know-it-all
jazz critics. You can get more information directly from the
group by visiting their website AntonJazz.
The calling has been around for a while, I am glad Anton followed