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Doug Lawrence - Soul Carnival (1997)

Jazz | Author: artmuss | 28-01-2015, 21:22
Doug Lawrence - Soul Carnival (1997)
Artist: Doug Lawrence
Title Of Album: Soul Carnival
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Fable Records / FRDL01
Genre: Jazz, Hard-Bop, Post-Bop
Total Time: 60:11 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 469 mb (Covers)

Tenor saxophonist Lawrence has traveled an interesting road to his debut release as a leader. He was about to join Elvis Presley's backup band in Las Vegas in 1977 when the King died. He ended up joining the jazz band at West Point instead. He then served a long apprenticeship with, among others, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Loren Schoenberg Big Band, Buck Clayton, and the DMP All Stars.

On Soul Carnival, Lawrence's years learning the trade as a sideman prove well spent. He fronts a fine young quintet featuring Ray Macchiarola on guitar, Tardo Hammer on piano, John Webber on bass, and veteran Leroy Williams on drums. Lawrence has a full-bodied, supple tone and a thorough command of the modern jazz vernacular. His role models are obvious ones: Lester Young, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons. And while he doesn't stray too far from their examples, he does prove himself a worthy disciple.

Lawrence also deserves credit for his creative song selection. Rather than simply revisiting overworked standards, he digs up some outstanding underheard compositions by the likes of Lee Morgan, Tommy Turrentine, Hank Mobley, and Lucky Thompson. Although he breaks no new ground here, Lawrence serves notice that he is a tenor player to be reckoned with.


01 Mr. Kenyatta
02 Soul Carnival
03 Stranger In Paradise
04 Tommie And Tilly
05 For Heaven's Sake
06 Pretty Little Sally
07 Indian Summer
08 Light Blue
09 Lament
10 Uh Huh

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