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"Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project CD"
by Rita Pardue
KPCC 89.3 Public Radio - Feb. 3, 2011
Opening up a new CD this morning here in Studio E in the
Mohn Broadcast Center. It’s my ritual and I look forward to what is
going to surprise me today. I am not disappointed hearing this Cannonball-Coltrane
Project from Luther Hughes. This music takes me back to my roots in St. Louis.
I spent my youth learning to sing by mimicking great sax players’ lines
as they soared thru the changes on their solos. One of my fav albums was
Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson as she sang, “Save Your Love For
Me” and Cannonball weaved in and around her. What a musical dance!
His soul jazz bop style, those chromatic and continuous lines and cutting
tones thrilled me. And John Coltrane, tenor sax that blew me away the first
time I heard “Giant Steps” with his sheets of sound, crazy chord
structure moving in thirds and harmonies that my ears wanted me to scat over
those changes and have fun on the ride. Well, here is this Luther Hughes
and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project CD, and all are top-notch players including:
Luther Hughes, bass; Glenn Cashman, tenor sax; Bruce Babad, alto sax; Ed
Czach, piano; and Paul Kreibich, drums and percussion. Collectively they
have paid homage to two jazz greats with incredible sensitivity and creative
arrangements. http://www.CannnonballColtraneProject.com I have paired an
excerpt of Glenn Cashman’s tune, “McCoy” written as a musical
tribute to Coltrane’s pianist, McCoy Tyner featuring the quartal chord
voicings that typifies Tyner’s powerful style with a KPCC promo for