Archive for June 2nd, 2011

Curtis Macdonald – Community Immunity

Alto saxophonist Curtis Macdonald’s Community Immunity (Greenleaf Music, 2011) defies convention for a debut recording. Rather than cover jazz standards, create jazz arrangements of pop songs or adopt a commercially viable trend, he delivers 10 original pieces that employ crisp syncopation, interplay among musicians and expressive freedom.

That cuts against the grain of new artists who adhere to the format, wherein songs are intentionally short to increase the probability of being aired on radio – music depends heavily on catchy melodies and other common hooks.

There’s nothing catchy or trendy about Community Immunity.

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