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Bob Rockwell / Black Jack

Bob Rockwell / Black Jack

by Hajime 12. January 2007 00:51



Here's a new arrival from Marshmallow Records: tenor saxophonist Bob Rockwell's hot live recording Black Jack, available at www.eastwindimport.com.

You say you don't know Bob Rockwell? Well, he was born in Oklahoma, and as a teenager he began playing sax in Rock , R & B & Big Bands. During a period of residence in Las Vegas from the late 60’s to early 70’s he worked with many artists and shows. He moved to New York in 1978 and became a member of the seminal Thad-Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. He played with The Mel Lewis Orchestra, Tito Puente, Ben Sidran, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Drummond, Billy Hart, Rufus Reid, Victor Lewis and many others.

Since 1983 Rockwell has lived in Copenhagen. Working in Scandinavia and beyond with artists such as Ernie Wilkins, Kenny Drew, Alex Riel, Marilyn Mazur & Kenny Wheeler, he has forged special relationships with Danish pianist Jan Kasperson & bass player Jesper Lungaard. He has featured significantly in the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestras touring, broadcast and recording schedule.

Enough about the bio, but how does he sound? Well, he has a brawny, rich tone and plays with so much emotion. You could say his playing is an old style, but it is oh so attractive, a combination of straight-ahead power, emotion and melodious sensitivity.

In the summer of 2004, Rockwell toured in Japan with his group for the first time. The group consisted of talented Danish pianist Kasper Villaume, soulful Japanese bassist Shigeo Aramaki and swinging drummer Masahiko Osaka. You might not know the two Japanese players but they are well known and respected, youngish musicians with international credentials.

Captured live at a small jazz club "Dolphy" in Yokohama, the international quartet connected with the packed audience and played brilliantly. Listen to the fast tempo "So In Love." Rockwell sounds so confident and the band is full of energy. The program is also an interesting mix of standards and jazz originals. With the recorded sound that captures the excitement of that evening, you'll feel as if you are there, in the small, packed club, listening to the band that is so hot that it is way cool!

Intrigued? Go to www.eastwindimport.com and check it out!

Bob Rockwell / Black Jack

Recorded live on July 30, 2004, in Yokohama, Japan

Personnel:
Bob Rockwell (ts)
Kasper Villaume (p)
Shigeo Aramaki (b)
Masahiko Osaka (ds)

Album Tracks:
1. So In Love
2. Black Jack
3. Time on My Hands
4. Purple Gazelle
5. Blues Legacy
6. Three Little Words - Theme

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