Gordon Lee

This Path

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

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Pianist/arranger/composer Lee is always good for a listen. His distinct style is engaging, with thick, layered chords and a robust feel. On this disc, he acknowledges his many travels and influences, and the result is a global jazz sound that remains cohesive, thanks to Lee's arrangements. It begins with "Pao Ma Shan," a modal Chinese folk song that Lee transforms into a pensive jazz tune. It's played by the first of two trios on this album, featuring drummer Carlton Jackson and bassist Dave Captein. This trio plays on half the tracks, and Jackson's feel and touch, combined with Captein's inspired low end makes for a half dozen fine tunes, including the late Jim Pepper's solemn "Lakota Song." The second trio, with drummer Ron Steen and bassist Kevin Deitz, also impresses, especially on the sizzling "Sitting Bull's Revenge," a reinterpretation of the bop classic, "Cherokee." The only non-trio song, "Andalucia," adds Miguel Bernal's tautcajon rhythms. Lee is inspired throughout. His compositions and arrangements have both a sense of melody and adventure, and his wide-open chord structures make for an international album of local jazz.






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