Eddie Myer 5tet
Bassist and SJM columnist Eddie Myer has already made a name for himself on the local jazz scene with his previous album, Why Worry, released back in 2015 and featuring Frank Harrison and the late Ian Price.
Rather than just an album solely of Eddie’s originals, this new album features one standard (Kurt Weill’s Speak Low), an Ian Price original (Amsterdam), and the album closer, Rodaba, by drummer Tristan Banks.
The recording was done live to tape meaning no overdubs or edits, perfectly capturing the live sound of the group.
As with Frank Harrison on Why Worry, Mark Edwards plays Fender Rhodes throughout with former NYJO saxophonist Riley Stone-Lonergan on saxophone.
The opening track, Finders Keepers, is a Brecker-esque tune and the catchiest melody on the album, with Eddie taking the first solo, followed by Luke Rattenbury on guitar before Riley solos.
Riley lets rip on Eddie’s original Lee Rosser, an energetic straight-eighth groove which suits the tight drumming style of Tristan Banks, which also comes to the fore in the tightly arranged Amsterdam.
The only ballad, The Great Level War, cools things down and showcases Riley Stone-Lonergan’s beautiful tone and Mark Edwards’ sensitive playing.
It’s hard to pick out any one great solo on the album, as all of the soloing is of a high standard, together with a solid and confident rhythm section.
With only six tracks, compared to the eight tracks on Why Worry, you can get the feeling that the band are just warming up, so make sure you see them perform live at The Verdict on Tuesday 24th January as part of the South Coast Jazz Festival.
Riley Stone-Lonergan, tenor saxophone; Luke Rattenbury, guitar; Mark Edwards, Fender Rhodes; Eddie Myer, bass; Tristan Banks, drums.
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