Jazz & Blues Magazine reviews Slide Attack, Road Trip

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Howard Levy & Alan Goidel Slide Attack


by Ron Weinstock

Slide Attack CD Cover

Road Trip

Led by trombonists Howard Levy and Alan Goidel,
Slide Attack is a quintet inspired by the group led by
J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. They bring an ebullient,
straight-ahead swinging bop approach to their all original
repertoire. The group’s other members are Hiroshi
Yamazaki on piano, Michael Goetz on bass, and Charles
Zueren on drums. The two leaders have experience playing
in various settings, including big bands, Broadway
shows, and more. Levy contributed five originals, Goidel
three compositions, and pianist Yamazaki one.

Things kick off with Yamasaki’s “Spring Roll,” which
was written over the chord changes of Sonny Rollins
“Airegin. Pianist Yamasaki takes the first solo, followed
by Goidel’s wooly solo and Levy’s fluttering one before
Zeuren showcases his stick work. Goidel wrote the title
track that has a bubbling feel featuring Levy’s expressive
plunger mute solo. Jobim’s “Sa Danco Samba” is
the foundation for Levy’s “Clauditti,” dedicated to his
wife. He brings a solid drive to his playing, followed by
a sparkling Yamasaki solo and Goidel’s more gravelly
playing. Levy’s “Struttin’” is based on Herbie Hancock’s
“Watermelon Man,” with some fascinating interplay
between the two during the opening of this playfully
funky performance.

Goidel’s “Look Within” is a beautiful ballad that
showcases bassist Goetz before the composer’s feathery
playing. “Owens” was inspired by Levy’s Aussiedoole.
It is a take on “I Got Rhythm” that opens with a spirited
Levy followed by Yamasaki’s crisp, fluid piano solo,
Goidel’s measured one, and another melodic bass solo
by Goetz.

“Bluesdemic,” derived from the challenging changes
of Charlie Parker’s “Blues For Alice,” is a swinging blues
with more top-flight solos. The other selections are
equally fascinating. “Road Trip” is an outstanding recording
with first-rate tunes, a tight swinging ensemble,
and superb soloing.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

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