BMan’s Blues Report
I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Frankenstein, from Wayne Alpern and it’s a clever blend of pop, hip hop, jazz, blues and sampling in an organized fashion. Opening with Carol King’s top hit, You’ve Got A Friend, Alpern remolds the track with with synthesized sounds, trumpet and guitar leads and extended turnarounds. With help from David Mann on reeds, Tatum Greenblatt and Brad Mason on trumpet, Mike Boscarino and Mike Davis on trombone, John Patitucci on bass, Andy Ezrin on keys, Kevin Ramessar on guitar and Clint De Ganon on drums, its a full house. Mann, Greenblatt and Mason produce the fire power for horn led Motown track, Ain’t That Peculiar made popular by Marvin Gaye. Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island is my favorite track on the release with Greenblatt and Mason working with Ezrin on the lead and warm backing by Boscarino and Davis. Martha and the Vandellas’ hit, Dancing In The Streets is another top track on the release with some hot playing by Patitucci, Greenblatt, Mason, Mann, Boscarino and Davis but for me, artistic vocal additions throughout the track really detracted from the musical efforts of the instrumentalists. Wrapping the release is Steve Winwood’s Gimme Some Lovin’, which is really done in orchestra style a la Doc Severinsen style arrangement. If you like dual trumpets and upbeat driving tempos, this is your day.