Charles Compo – Foolish Pleasure

Something a little different, that’s Charles Compo’s Foolish Pleasure (Chaos Music, 2012). Though composed of all-new material, the music is a throwback to the days when horn players – saxophonists and trumpeters, mainly – stepped out from the jazz orchestra and fronted smaller ensembles, playing music their own way. Among them: Jackie MacLean, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Cannonball Adderley. There’s a little bit of pop, a little bit of fusion and a lot of Compo’s showmanship.

Compo plays flute and tenor saxophone mostly, but he also contributes with guitar and 12-string guitar. Tony Stewart and Jeff Miller share the keyboard duties. Jerry Brooks and Dave Jones split the load on bass. The rest of the ensemble consists of Ted Daniel on trumpet, Camille Gainer on drums and Mustafa Ahmed on percussion.

“Keeping It Real” is an easygoing piece that features Compo on both his horns, layered. Jones sets the tone with a bass groove, and Stewart handles the Rhodes. The music can apply to many situations – a night stroll on the beach, a drive in the country or something sensual.

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