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Cherry Pickin'

Artist: Jim Dvorak

Date of Release: 14/07/2014

Catalogue no: SLAMCD294

Label: SLAM

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Jim Dvorak trumpet, voice; Paul Dunmall tenor sax, saxello; Chris Mapp bass; Mark Sanders Drums.

Jim Dvorak and Paul Dunmall were two of the earliest SLAM recording artists after the label was founded 25 years ago; Mark Sanders has also appeared on several previous SLAM releases, notably with Elton Dean, Nick Evans and of course Paul Dunmall. Bassist Chris Mapp is a new and very welcome name on the label.
The music, with the exception of track 7, was written by Dvorak whose composition style reflects the influence of Charles Mingus. Interesting that one of Dvorak’s early SLAM releases was his duo with Eric Mingus. The two horns show a synergy that comes from the years of association and mutual respect; Dvorak’s vocals add the drama.

 

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25/10/2014 Rotcod Zzaj

Dunmall Sanders Mapp Dvorak – CHERRY PICKIN': Our (longtime) friends at SLAM PRODUCTIONS surely know how to “pi ck ‘em”…. lol! The combination of Jim Dvorak on trumpet & voice, Paul Dunmall on tenor sax & saxello, Chris Mapp on bass and Mark Sanders doing Drums is a clear winner, no matter what color of jazz your ears are. The opener, “Ed’s Muse“, is certainly a stand-out that will hold your attention, even if you have a severe case of J.D.D. (jazz deficit disorder)… the recording is so crisp you’ll feel like you’re right there in the room with these cats. The music is all original (except for track 7), so that’s an immediate draw for this listener. The spoken-word on “Gettys Mother Burg” made it my personal favorite… takes me way back to when I first started listening to poets & jazz… in point of fact, this is among my favorite pieces for the entire year of 2014. I give this stellar crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Get more information at the SLAM PRODUCTIONS page for this release. Rotcod Zzaj

 

11/09/2014 George W. Harris

If you’re a fan of Charles Mingus’ musical vision, this album by Paul Dunmall/ts, Mark Sanders/dr, Chris Mapp/b and Jim Dvorak/tp is going to put a big smile on your face. They mix deeply swinging and bluesy originals with a healthy dose of freedom reigning. Pieces such as “E.D.’s Muse” and “If I’m Gonna Have to Chose” have a throbbing groove that aren’t afraid to be stretched and bent here and there by penetratingly searching solos by a Booker Ervin-inspired Dunmall and a Johnny Coles-imbibed Dvorak. A nineteen minute “As Above, So Below” mixes experimentation with rich bop tradition, but the real treat on this disc is a must-hear take of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the form of “Getty’s Mother Burg” in which Dvorak delivers a hilarious hipster interpretation of the classic speech in a jive talk that has got to be heard to be believed. What a hoot! This band has moxie!
George W. Harris • September 11, 2014 http://www.jazzweekly.com/2014/09/mingus-dynasty-dvorakdunmallsandersmapp-cherry-pickin/

 

01/09/2014 Marcus O’Dair

Founded almost by accident by baritone saxophonist George Haslam, SLAM has now been going a quarter of a century – and, since Dvorak and Dunmall were among the first artists to release on the label, this makes for an appropriate anniversary release. They are joined by fellow SLAM veteran Sanders, and Mapp in his label debut. Together they present seven magnificent, Mingusesque tracks – Dvorak’s distinct compositional voice blended with intense, impassioned improvisation. Mapp and Sanders make for a powerful, highly dynamic section, and there’s tremendous interplay between trumpet and sax, twirling around one another in a horn double helix, for instance, on the Chaucer-channelling ‘Millers Tail’. Occasionally Dvorak even breaks into song and spoken word. Inspired by Zappa on ‘Zapped’ and Lord Buckley on ‘Gettys Mother Burg’. These two moments may not be for everyone but he just about pulls it off – and the disc as a whole is superb.
Marcus O’Dair Jazzwise August 2014.

 

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