Colorado born trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach was last
time in our focus with his album Open Invitation
(2014). His new album MidCentury Modern Volume 1
(2018) is of a special peculiarity. Although a guarantor of
smooth jazz Gabriel now delivers a jazz album.
Gabriel comments: "This is an exciting project for me
because I was finally able to assemble my dream team.
Besides the recognizable and prolific talents of
saxophonists Ernie Watts and Cory Weeds, I was able to
gather my longtime friends and world-class musicians Miles
Black (piano), Laurence Mollerup (bass), and Joel Fountain
(drums). Adding to the proceedings are Mike Taylor (vocals)
and Olaf deShield (guitar) on a couple of tunes."
The album starts with Mississippi Jump presenting
Hasselbach in best form on trumpet, apparently fluent in
style. Miles Black adds on piano a perfect accompaniment and
a shining solo work. Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard released
the track Gibraltar as part of his album Born
To Be Blue in 1981. Hasselbach delivers a compact
version without missing important elements of the original.
Nature Boy is a jazz standard first recorded by Nat
King Cole in 1948 and later covered countless times. This
version features singer
Mike Taylor, touted as Vancouver's answer to Gregory Porter.
Blues On My Mind is a mainstream bop piece by jazz
trumpeter Blue Mitchel composed by saxophonist Benny Golson
for the album Out Of The Blue (1959). While
Hasselbach takes over Mitchel's part saxophonist Cory Weeds
plays the sax.
So What is the first track on the 1959 album Kind
of Blue by American trumpeter Miles
Davis. So What ... Now? is Hasselbach's answer,
a welcome revisit of the historic songbook. Terra Firma
Irma was originally released by bop-oriented trumpeter
Joe Gordon on his album Looking Good (1961).
Hasselbach keeps the flag high of this fine bop standard.
UberSmooth was originally released by Gabriel Mark
Hasselbach on his album Gabriel's Horns
(2003). In his collection Sweet And Saxy the track
is also represented and finally appears on this album.
Comin' Home for Mardi Gras is Gabriel's tribute to
the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He recently presented this
song at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Final track of the
album is a radio edited version of
MidCentury Modern Volume 1 is Gabriel Mark
Hasselbach's straight ahead jazz side. He is deep in the mix
of all that jazz and he keeps the jazz real.
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Title: MidCentury Modern Volume 1
Artist: Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
Label: Windtunnel Records
1 Mississippi Jump 05:07
2 Gibraltar(feat Miles Black) 05:36
3 Nature Boy (feat. Mike Taylor) 05:17
4 Blues On My Mind
(feat. Cory Weeds) 07:14
5 So What ... Now? 05:36
Firma Irma (feat. Ernie Watts) 09:07
7 UberSmooth 04:10
Comin' Home for Mardi Gras (Gabriel vocal) 04:57
Mississippi Jump (radio edit) 04:18