Other Recordings
IIra Does it All (Ira Sullivan & Red Rodney)    Muse
Eddie Buster and Friends -
   B&B Records
Epitaph by Charles Mingus -
   Columbia
Today this Moment
   (Mosaic Sextet w. Dave Douglas) - Konnex
Rush Hour/Celebrating Sinatra (w. Joe Lovano)   Blue Note


UNCHARTED WATERS
Michael’s grand jazz bassoon
playing on this vibrant CD release is joined by Nat Harris on guitar,
Ruslan Khain on bass and Vince Ector doing drums, and let me tell you,
folks – this SMOKES – it will be a true jazz adventure for listeners not
accustomed to this often overlooked instrument (when it comes to jazz,
anyway)… as I listen to the intricate movements on “Harold’s Blues”
(samples aren’t available yet; I’ll come back and link them in when I
have them), I’m absolutely convinced that Michael is THE best jazz
bassoon player on the planet (& I’ve listened to several of them), and
each of the other players contribute to make this one of the most
“alive” blues I’ve listened to (yet) in 2017!

The closer, “Calypso Joe”, is an original creation by Michael, and is a
superb lead-out for this very entertaining album; decidedly Latin beat,
as you might imagine from the title, but the energy on this one paints
the bassoon in a whole different light than you’ve ever heard before.
My personal favorite of the nine songs offered up for your listening
enjoyment is actually the title track, “Uncharted Waters”, another
Rabinowitz original that will (simply) stun your ears; the “flow” on
this piece alone merits the MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating I’m giving
it… “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is 4.98.


Rotcod Zzaj

Ever hear a bassoon through a Mutron?
One night I was looking to hear some live jazz, and found something odd listed, bassoon jazz! I went up and checked them out, and it was so different it took a few songs to register the sound of the band in my mind.

Once I was used to hearing the combination of instruments I started noticing that all the players there (basically the same ones as on the CD) were not only really good at their instruments but also really different players.

The thing that really struck me was Michael's phrasing. He plays nothing like a sax player, it's very melodic at times, comical at times, and what was most surprising was it was very percussive most of the time. This guy really knows melody and harmony, but he really really knows rythmn. When I found out he had CD"s I knew if I didn't get them I'd be up all night trying to learn his "style".

Luckily for me he had two CD's. and Ocean eyes was one of them. This is a must have CD for anyone interested in exploring some of the more uncharted areas of Jazz. There's everything from very subtle use of a mutron 3 on the bassoon (subtle enough to not offend the anti electric crowd) to some harmonic ideas that'll blow you away. It's been at the top of my listening pile for a while now, and I don't see it leaving that spot for a while.

Dennis Wieand

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UNCHARTERED WATERS - $20
BASSOON ON FIRE - $20
GABRIELLE'S BALLOON - $20
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