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Flicker by The Chad Makela Quartet

Recorded at the Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club in Vancouver, Canada on May 8th, 2004 this recording of the Chad Makela Quartet proves that you can turn a flicker into a flame, fast.

Just from the picture on the back, drummer Jesse Cahill looks like he could overpower the drum sound on this album, especially since this is a live recording but his playing is subtle but forceful especially on the track "Seventh Day Rain". The stand-up bass playing of Paul Rushka is good. He lays low in the background on most tracks but get his time on "Underdog".

There is a lot of great counterpoint between baritone Chad Makela and trumpeter Brad Turner. This whole album throughout with 4 of the seven written by Makela and "Underdog" being a Joe Lovano piece really sets up this quartet as a force. With most of the songs coming in at over five minutes with the longest being eleven, they are totally free and are able to improvise and showcase the four talents.

Rushka and Cahill keep this band together and let the other two fly. The recording itself is masterful; there is not dropouts where you can not hear the four together. This is a good album. Mostly making their name in the Vancouver area, the Chad Makela Quartet should be coming across Canada, playing these live from new fans that they should receive with this album and for older fans, the Vancouverites, enjoy "Flicker", enjoy "My Ideal".... .This album is my ideal of a comfort zone-live.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Chad Makela Quartet
  • CD Title: Flicker
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Cellar Live
  • Tracks: Flicker, Comfort Level, Secret Code, Seventh Day Rain, Underdog, My Ideal, Uprising
  • Musicians: Chad Makela (baritone sax), Brad Turner (trumpet), Paul Rushka (bass), Jesse Cahill (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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