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"Jazz For The Open Road"

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October 23 - 29, 2022

Year of Release: 1998
  • Iron City--
    Grant Green
  • Comin' Home Baby
    Eddie Lockjaw Davis
  • Theme For Malcolm--
    Donald Byrd
  • Groove's Groove--
    Richard Groove Holmes
  • Shana--
    David Fathead Newman
  • All The Things You Are--
    Sonny Criss
  • When They Ask About You--
    Ernie Andrews
  • Tetragon--
    Woody Shaw
  • Bloomido--
    Hank Jones
  • Red Hot And Blue--
    Roomful Of Blues

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    Jazz For The Open Road is the second album in the "Jazz For" series out of four, that reached #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon was reviewed earlier.

    The first track, "Iron City" by Grant Green, not only is jazz, it also has a soulful approach, maybe even blues A great song to start, and, like for all the tracks on this compilation, great to listen to on the drive on the open road. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis gets the next track, "Comin' Home Baby." Coming home from the road, this one fits, especially during the early morning hours on the road. Great saxophone on this one, likewise piano, and true jazz in sound. Donald Byrd's "Theme For Malcom" is next, and this one you easily listen to on the road, or practically anywhere.

    Thene there's the great tune by Richard "Groove" Holmes -- "Groove's Groove." It was one of the opening tune for my live internet radio shows on BlogTV.com. (Huey Lewis & The News' "Slammin'" was the other one.) This is a great tune, featuring Holmes on the organ. (Obviously, this would spark my interest, being a fellow keyboardist myself.) The next track is true in its jazz form -- David "Fathead" Newman's "Shana." Upbeat, snappy and quite jazzy gets the next track, Sonny Criss' "All The Things You Are." This one will keep you awake on the open road drive, and anywhere else.

    "When They Ask About You" has vocals! (The previous tracks were all instrumentals.) Bluesy and Jazzy is Ernie Andrews' "When They Ask About You." This tune kinda reminds me of an early Sammy Davis Jr. It's (another) great jazz track. (They all are.) And add this one to the true jazz category: Woody Shaw's "Tetragon." The upbeat and outstatnding piano is the standout on Hank Jones' "Bloomido." (There's even a few bass and drum solos there too, but the piano is the true standout.) Ending this great Jazz compilation is the swingin' "Red, Hot And Blues" by Roomful Of Blues.

    As Joel Dorn states in the liner notes: "Just because this album was designed to be listened to in the car doesn't mean you can't listen to it anywhere you wanna. Like at work, or at the beach, on the treadmill, wherever." True, so very true. This is a great and true Jazz album. 10 great songs by 10 artists that you may or may not know. It's curious to look up these artists, and hear more of their music. In my keyboard interest, this was for Richard "Groove" Holmes. Not only is there great keyboards (both organ and piano), there are also great tunes with the other instruments, such as (especially) saxophone, bass and drums. They're all there, creating a great Jazz album to listen to on the road, or as Joel Dorn says, "wherever." It's no wonder that this album (as well as the others in the series) reached #1 on the Jazz Albums chart. Great jazz to listen to... Anywhere.

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