Thomas Marriott

Human Spirit

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

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I hope the people of Seattle are hip to the brilliance of Marriott. He plays with complete ease at the most brisk of tempos and displays the gift of a beautiful, pure tone. Along with Mark Taylor, alto saxophone, Gary Versace, B-3 organ, and Matt Jorgensen, drums, Marriott gets this CD off to a flying start on an up-tempo "You Don't Know What Love Is." Other highlights include an Ellington tune, completely new to me, "Low Key Lightly." Years ago, a shimmering ballad of this type would have been a candidate for one of the old Prestige Moodsville series. Of the original compositions, "Yakima" is quirky and brisk and gives Taylor a chance to display his solo gifts. The last selection, "The Brown Hornet," is a Miles Davis tune which sounds like it may have come from his more percussive period, later in his life. Versace is very effective on B-3, but not being a fan of organ, I would prefer Marriott in the company of a piano. Still, I love his silvery sound. Sometimes it reminds me just a bit of Clifford Brown. And that's the ultimate compliment.






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