Contemporary Jazz is good for crossover and for new listeners of the art form, however true jazz lovers definitely appreciate it when an artist can take it back to straight ahead jazz.
Turkish drummer Ferit Odman has done just that; he has taken listeners back to the classic sound with the results being nothing short of entertaining.
This is the type of compilation you would love to use as a wind down as you sit at the fireplace with your loved one during the cold months. Don't rule it out to accompany you and your family on a relaxing rides out of town either.
With Ferit on the drums, he is joined by trumpeter Terell Stafford and Vincent Herring on alto-sax, Peter Washington on bass and Anthony Wonsey appears on piano. Ferit and the band have done some pretty impression interpretations of jazz standards on this compilation and what makes this recording even more loveable is how well they all play together.
"Step Lightly" is the perfect choice to start off the compilation, it is an engaging piece that has a bit of swing to it and the kind of song that you could easily finger snap along with. The CD is dedicated to the late pianist and composer James Williams and it is only fitting that Ferit would do a treatment of James' popular "Alter Ego."
Ferit's version is smooth and classy and captures all the sensations that the original track has without coming across as a Xerox. Indeed, James would have been impressed.
"Autumn in New York" is another popular ballad that is as graceful as a swan gliding on the water while "Hindsight" gets you in a good mood; you would want to go see and hear Ferit and the band play in person.
"Changing the Guard" offers a lot of musical twists and turns but manages to produce a festive and catchy song.
The CD closes with "The Soulful Mr. Timmons."
Ferit recently wrapped up a few performances with known jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson in his hometown.