Tucker Antell is one of a new breed of super musician.
For Boston saxophonist Tucker Antell's debut recording, he looks to the rich tradition of the tenor sax/B3 organ groups and his many influences and experiences with jazz, blues and groove-infused music he's spent the last decade performing across New England. His virtuosity on the tenor saxophone is undeniable, while his passion for this particular fusion of jazz and blues comes across in a fun and honest way: singable melodies, danceable grooves, and stretched, creative improvisations, with a few twists and turns along the way. From the churning shuffle groove of "Grime Scene," to the Cubist re-working of Monk's "I Mean You," or the unfurling slippery funk of "Madness," Antell's music strikes a fine balance between the head and the soul.
1. Grime Scene 8.43
2. I Mean You 7:48
3. Difference Maker 6:29
4. What You Mean To Me 12:53
5. The Hive 7:55
6. Madness 7:54
7. Rae 3:07
8. Home Stretch 8:40
All compositions by Tucker Antell, except (2) by Thelonius Monk, arranged by Tucker Antell
Tucker Antell - tenor saxophone
Jason Palmer - trumpet (2,4,7,8)
Carl Eisman - guitar
Jake Sherman - B3 organ
Lee Fish - drums
Produced by Alex Chaloff, Tucker Antell
Recorded by Matt Hayes at Wellspring Sound Acton, MA
July 27th, 2017
Mixed by Alex Chaloff, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Nate Wood, Brooklyn, NY
Cover art is an original work entitled "Symmetry" by Chris Villón
Photos by Sarah Mica Snape, Ben Gabo
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
Tucker Antell knows how to make an entrance. The two-minute solo stand that opens Grime Scene finds his stentorian saxophone blowing brusque and fluid across a wide swath. It plays like a strong man's lament-cum-catharsis, but what follows on the same track is something else: a bluesy shuffle with foot tap-inducing properties. This marks the first ...
Jazz Weekly (George Harris)
Tucker Antell has a warm and thick sound with an open wide vibrato as he teams up for a grooving organ quintet/quartet with carl Eisman/g, Jake Sherman/B3, Lee Fish/dr and Jason Palmer/tp. The team is crisp and fun with the double horn lead on Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You" while getting into a gospel boogie on the shuffling "Home Stretch" with the ...
Jazz'Halo (Belgium) (Georges Tonla Briquet)
The debut of this tenor saxophonist from Boston immediately turns on the necessary lights. Do not fear a fashionable connection with other trendy dances such as dubstep, jungle or garage what could be the title reference (grime). The two-minute Joshua Redman-esque sax solo by Tucker, which then turns into catchy soul jazz with Hammond B3 (Jake Sher ...