Gary Meek - Live At Ronnie Scott's
Jazz - USA

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Live At Ronnie Scott's (BNET005)

Recorded at Ronnie's during their 1995 European tour, this album marks the debut of the Gary Meek Quartet and here is one man's subjective opinion of the show:
'Jazz history is full of gifted, respected interpreters of other people's work who contented themselves with doing just that. The eighties "jazz revival" moved the goalposts, driving record companies to look for new young stars, and the growth of cheap and accessible independent recording also opened doors previously kept shut until a lot of dues-paying had been done. The result has been a busier, higher-profile jazz scene, but with a good many player-leaders who maybe should have thought about it longer. Gary Meek (is) the gawky and energetic saxophonist and flautist who has regularly performed in Britain with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim... His technique is dazzling but his music still unformed, hopping between airy Latin street-dance themes on the flute, stuttery tenor sax funk and rather bland ballads, with all the music sporadically shot at by a battery of percussive synch effects. But Meek is in the premier league as a soloist, which makes his act an ambivalent business. His toying with short, blurted phrases as springboards to new figures recalls both Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins, and his soprano sound on slow music has a glowing ripeness rare for practitioners of the instrument.'
John Fordham, The Guardian, 13.3.95

 

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

1.
ON THE ROAD
2. TIME ONE
3. EVA MARIE
4. SIERRA HIGHWAY
5. SONG FOR DONNA
6. THE SUN IS OUT

Gary Meek - Saxophones, flute, keyboards
Otmaro Ruiz - Keyboards
Jerry Watts, Jr. - Bass
Michael Shapiro - Drums, percussion