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John Rae • Opus De Jazz

John Anthony Pompeo, better known as Johnny Rae (b. August 11, 1934, Saugus, Massachusetts), is an American jazz drummer and vibraphonist.
Rae studied at the New England Conservatory and at the Berklee College of Music in the early 1950s. His first major professional gig was with Herb Pomeroy in 1953-54; following this he played with George Shearing (1955-56), Johnny Smith (1956), Ralph Sharon (1957), Cozy Cole (1957-58), Herbie Mann (1959-60), Cal Tjader (1961-66, 1968-70), Stan Getz (1962), Gábor Szabó, Charlie Byrd, Earl Hines, Art Van Damme, and Barney Kessel. In addition to modern jazz, he also plays Latin jazz percussion.
In 1960, Savoy continued its Opus series with this tasty entry. Vibist John Rae's quintet delivers bright, sometimes cool, sometimes bluesy performances. It's a decidedly more modern approach than the swing-influenced Opus de Jazz led by Milt Jackson in 1955. Call it cocktail jazz with attitude, without compromise. That attitude comes through in the four John Rae originals, blues forms with bop harmonies and intriguing voicings. It's also there in the absorbing solo work, and in the high level of communication within the group. Rae tends to play a lot of notes, but his skittering lines work when set against the steady pulse of drummer Jake Hanna's cymbals and the relentless, walking bass of John Neves. With Hanna and Neves doing such a fine job, pianist Steve Kuhn frequently takes on the role of a colorist, inserting angular chords sparingly in his accompaniments, rather than assuming full-time duties in the rhythm section. The key player, though, is Bobby Jasper, who is heard exclusively on flute. He has it all covered: blues, bop, ideas, technique, and a great tone; a breathy, vocal quality well-suited to blues phrasing; as well as command of precise articulation and the ability to play "pretty" when the occasion calls. Jasper's skill is a natural progression from the pioneering jazz flute work of Frank Wess, who was on the original Opus de Jazz. This set is also of interest for its two Charlie Parker compositions. The quintet's "Ah-LeuCha" and "Parker's Mood" are at one and the same time faithful to the originals, yet reinterpreted enough to sound like fresh compositions.
Note: The indication of Vol. 2 is because this disc belongs to a series called "Opus de Jazz" of the label Savoy, where each volume petenece a different musician.


Nota: La indicación de Vol. 2 es porque este disco pertenece a una serie llamada "Opus de Jazz" del sello Savoy, donde cada volumen petenece a un músico diferente.

John Rae (Vibraphone)
Bobby Jaspar (AltoSax, Flute)
Steve Kuhn (Piano)
John Neves (Bass)
Jake Hannah (Drums)

Recorded Dec 6, 1960

Track Listings
1. Pot Liquer Blues
2. A Lu Cha
3. Roll On Down
4. Beat & Blue Mood
5. Back Yard Blues
6. By My Side
7. Prankers

128 MB / 320 Kbps

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