Live, by the Mike Frost Project, has that early bootleg sound and feel. The disc is a replica of a vinyl record. It comes in a digi-pak case. The presentation is exceptional and so is the music.
Brothers Steve and Mike Frost, Mike on tenor and soprano sax and Steve on trumpet and flugelhorn, are back with their third album, coming off the heals of their 2004 debut, Nothing Smooth About It and follow up Comin’ Straight At Ya.
First track, "Buzzy," is a Charlie Parker composition. It is not hard to see how the choice of "Buzzy" is an easy one for the MFP to cover. Credit Mike Frost for not trying to be Charlie Parker.
"Nica’s Winter Waltz" is a Frost composition - as to which Frost has not been identified. Both the Frost brothers are in fine unison form with the subtle drumming of Dave Bernat. The title is a bit misleading, this is not a waltz in the traditional sense but it works as a slow waltz. Someone on the band stand sings along (guitarist Bill Boris?) especially during the guitar solo, it is noticeable and does take away from the song a bit.
The Duke Ellington classic "In a Sentimental Mood" starts with Mike Frost noodling about to disguise the recognizable intro but once the MFP are into it, a few people clap with recognition and Mike Frost takes flight. The B3 organ of Demos Petropoulos comes to the forefront around 2 minutes and lies underneath.
Throughout the interpretations of "Pent Up House" by Sonny Rollins to Art Farmer’s "The Happy Blues", the Mike Frost Project Live is an outstanding album. Giving the bootleg sounds of leaving the audience chatter and clapping, how everyone on the bandstand feeds off the audience reaction is excellent.