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Jimmy Madison & Friends : 90° With 100% Humidity

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Tricotism - 4.46
90° With 100% Humidity - 6.23
Campo Izquierdo - 9.30
Infant Eyes - 6.55
Bela'S Bossa - 5.43
Like This - 6.05
Trippin' - 7.20
Prayer For Peace - 6.41
No Jam's Allowed - 6.42


How many great musicians spend their careers toiling in obscurity? Scores, probably, and its a shame, for the world is missing some unique voices. As evidence, Straight Jazz proudly offers the talents on 90° with 100% Humidity‹five accomplished, original artists headed by Jimmy Madison, a drummer of surpassing taste, skill and experience. Jazz critic Gary Giddins called Madison ³one of Jazz¹s best-kept secrets.² We agree. Born in Cincinnati into a musical family, Madison has been a working musician since high school and a fixture on the New York musical scene since 1969. He has worked with just about every big name in music, from James Brown and Richie Havens to Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz. Now he steps front and center at the head of Jimmy Madison & Friends, ³a loose consortium of some of the great musicians I¹ve worked with over the years,² as he puts it. In this case, the consortium features Walt Szymanski on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dave Schnitter on tenor sax, Ian MacDonald on piano and Chip Jackson on bass. Madison¹s associations with the Friends have been long and fruitful. These, then, are old friends, and this is not their first collaboration on record. But it is the most rewarding, according to the leader. Says he: ³The music we play is mainstream and melodic, for the most part, but with a strong playful streak. Its not commercial jazz. Neither is it on the lunatic fringe of honking, bleating anarchism. But it¹s everything in between. It¹s fast slow loud soft hot cool inside outside Latin straight ahead music. I call it Newmainstream.² That¹s not a bad description. Madison and company pay their respects to the past‹Oscar Pettiford¹s ³Tricotism,² Wayne Shorter¹s ³Infant Eyes,² and Barry Harris¹ ³Like This²‹but all the other cuts are originals. Five are by Szymanski, the newest member of the group. One‹²No JAMFS Allowed²‹is by Jackson. The collaboration throughout is tight, rich and creative. Listen to Jackson drain every ounce of expression from his instrument on the title cut. Listen to the wonderful interplay between trumpet and sax on Infant Eyes and to the gorgeous bass-piano collaboration on the beautiful Prayer for Peace. Above all, listen to Jimmy Madison, now gently supporting the beat, now dominating it, using the drums¹ range of colors and expression to the full. His two extended solos‹on ³Campo Izquierdo² and ³No JAMFS Allowed²‹are marvels of technical mastery and artistic taste, so totally different from each other that they might have been played by different drummers. Clearly, this accomplished artist deserves the wide audience 90° with 100% Humidity will give him. Its about time. How many great musicians spend their careers toiling in obscurity? Scores, probably, and its a shame, for the world is missing some unique voices. As evidence, Straight Jazz proudly offers the talents on 90° with 100% Humidity‹five accomplished, original artists headed by Jimmy Madison, a drummer of surpassing taste, skill and experience. Jazz critic Gary Giddins called Madison ³one of Jazz¹s best-kept secrets.² We agree. Born in Cincinnati into a musical family, Madison has been a working musician since high school and a fixture on the New York musical scene since 1969. He has worked with just about every big name in music, from James Brown and Richie Havens to Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz. Now he steps front and center at the head of Jimmy Madison & Friends, ³a loose consortium of some of the great musicians I¹ve worked with over the years,² as he puts it. In this case, the consortium features Walt Szymanski on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dave Schnitter on tenor sax, Ian MacDonald on piano and Chip Jackson on bass. Madison¹s associations with the Friends have been long and fruitful. These, then, are old friends, and this is not their first collaboration on record. But it is the most rewarding, according to the leader. Says he: ³The music we play is mainstream and melodic, for the most part, but with a strong playful streak. Its not commercial jazz. Neither is it on the lunatic fringe of honking, bleating anarchism. But it¹s everything in between. It¹s fast slow loud soft hot cool inside outside Latin straight ahead music. I call it Newmainstream.² That¹s not a bad description. Madison and company pay their respects to the past‹Oscar Pettiford¹s ³Tricotism,² Wayne Shorter¹s ³Infant Eyes,² and Barry Harris¹ ³Like This²‹but all the other cuts are originals. Five are by Szymanski, the newest member of the group. One‹²No JAMFS Allowed²‹is by Jackson. The collaboration throughout is tight, rich and creative. Listen to Jackson drain every ounce of expression from his instrument on the title cut. Listen to the wonderful interplay between trumpet and sax on Infant Eyes and to the gorgeous bass-piano collaboration on the beautiful Prayer for Peace. Above all, listen to Jimmy Madison, now gently supporting the beat, now dominating it, using the drums¹ range of colors and expression to the full. His two extended solos‹on ³Campo Izquierdo² and ³No JAMFS Allowed²‹are marvels of technical mastery and artistic taste, so totally different from each other that they might have been played by different drummers. Clearly, this accomplished artist deserves the wide audience 90° with 100% Humidity will give him. Its about time.

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