Label: Madlyn Records - Cat #: None • Format: CD Single, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Jazz •
Although he has been featured in many settings, he is best heard as the leader of the Charles Unger Experience where he plays tenor, alto and soprano saxophones in addition to contributing his originals. While he has performed in About Last Night - Charles Unger Experience - Mr. 2 AM different musical idioms including Latin jazz, African, Mid Eastern and smoothhis main focus on Mr 2 AM is on bluesy jazz and funk. When Reppetto switches to guitar, Tony Saunders plays bass.
Pianist Eugene Pliner is also utilized on some selections. Charles Unger is the main voice throughout and he contributed all 11 selections. And that combination works well for Earth Poetry - Killahrimezaar* - Please Give Me An Outlet California-based saxophonist Charles Unger, who produced Mr. Although not well known in the jazz world, Unger who was born in Montgomery, Alabama has been around the San Francisco Bay Area music scene since the early s.
Unger who is heard on tenor, alto and soprano sax has other direct or indirect influences as well, ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Grover Washington, Jr. That Argentinean saxman has made his mark in different areas of jazz; after playing some scorching free jazz in the s, Barbieri moved into acoustic post-bop before taking a more commercial, pop-influenced turn in the s with albums like Caliente, Tropico and Ruby, Ruby.
Although generally enjoyable, Mr. And speak of live energy, Mr. However, Mr. So Unger would have been better off having Bassi Maestro - Contro Gli Estimatori live version of that song at the end of the album as a bonus track rather than at the beginning.
Opening this studio-oriented CD with a live recording seems awkward. But again, any shortcomings that Mr. There are a lot more plusses than minuses on this pleasing effort.
Unger, who plays Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, was deeply influenced by the seminal works of artists such as Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis, but has also drawn on a lifetime of experience playing with top level musicians the world over. Unger brings an undeniable sense of joy to his performances, with a smile that welcomes even the most recalcitrant listeners to the party, then proceeds to open up avenues of music that are enjoyable for the uninitiated and the aficionado alike.
There are exceptions. The sound is nice although borders on nondescript at times. There is a sense of musical About Last Night - Charles Unger Experience - Mr. 2 AM between the sound and the title, but it may be lost on many listeners as too subtle and lacking any real sense of resolution.
This is classic new age jazz About Last Night - Charles Unger Experience - Mr. 2 AM a bit of spice; fit for the background but discouraging careful listeners. Charles Unger is known for his exuberant style and talent, and for a stage show that is unforgettable. Progressive Jazz is ever moving forward, but on Mr. There are definite moments to like on Mr. Rating: 2. The saxophonist begins Mr. At first, Unger is quietly informative, then he begins to muster a more urgent tone, even as a swinging rhythm section joins in.
Soon, the band has moved into a grease-popping groove, and the conversation out in the audience has ceased. His rhythm section, bassist Jon Reppetto and drummer Andy Marchetti, had their work cut out Theme From Young Lovers - Ronnie Chan And The Esquires Combo - Young Lovers them on this track — which starts and stops with a brilliantly fitful cadence.
But they never waver, hitting the rhythm and then quitting it with a savvy finesse that allows Unger and then pianist Eugene Pliner a chance to swing and shine.
Unger, who also played keyboards on Mr. As listenable as they no doubt can be, these rhythm-track driven compositions ultimately feel a little too air tight, a little too safe, when sequenced around tunes with human performers.
When the saxist returns, he is a man aflame — coming down on each sudden stop with a striking authority. When Mr.
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