GRD-9583 On The Corner
Produced by John Patitucci
Released on March 1989
US TOP CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUMS CHART POSITION #14
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J azz music made to be consumed and enjoyed out of the package, as opposed to the stir-for-several-sittings-and-wait-til-it-gels variety. The followup to John Patitucci’s well-received debut again features his Akoustic/Elektric bandmates (Chick Corea, Eric Marienthal, Dave Weckl) and sidemen of varying renown. Though it could be called smooth jazz, On The Corner is better viewed as accessible jazz, combining the showmanship and not-always-obvious melodies that draw the casual listener to modern jazz music. Although Corner is a showcase for Patitucci, who often plays a funky bass on the low end and a lead bass guitar on the high end, it’s not a “chops” album. This is strictly respectable jazz, music you can feel and connect to without flipping through theory books. Coming to this as I did from the quadrant of Corea, I worried that Patitucci’s Corner might be a dry exercise like the Akoustic Band’s Alive. Instead, the bassist is a strong songwriter, often choosing a light fusion style that suggests Weather Report without all that crazy molecular-level commotion underneath. The pieces run slow sometimes (“Venetian Moonlight,” “Avenue ‘D’”), funky other times (“A Better Mousetrap”), with Latin shadings reminiscent of Corea (“Vaya Con Dios”) and even an interesting blues/jazz hybrid (“Strength To The Weak”). Song for song, this Corner is as solid as anything coming out of the GRP stable. Given the limited number of jazz bassists who have established successful solo careers (Charlie Mingus and Stanley Clarke come to mind), Patitucci’s got an uphill climb. By placing the emphasis on the quality of the compositions and letting the playing take care of itself, he’s got a good foothold for the future.

GRD-9583 back sleeve
GRD-9583 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. ON THE CORNER    4:04
  2. AVENUE "D"    4:11
  3. VENETIAN MOONLIGHT    4:46
  4. A BETTER MOUSETRAP    3:02
  5. VAYA CON DIOS    4:58
  6. KINGSTON BLUES    4:40
  7. PAINTING    5:11
  8. STRENGTH TO THE WEAK    5:16
  9. FLATBUSH AVE    4:09
  10. THE STORYTELLER    6:31
  11. BERTHA'S BOP    6:53

    All songs composed by John Patitucci

CREDITS

JOHN PATITUCCI -- Yamaha custom motion LBI 5-string bass, Smith 6-string bass, acoustic bass, mixing
JOHN BEASLEY -- piano, synthesizers
DAVID WITHAM -- synthesizers, piano
Alex Acuna -- drums, percussion
Michael Brecker -- tenor saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta -- drums
Chick Corea -- piano
Al Foster -- drums
Paul Jackson, Jr. -- rhythm guitar (6)
Eric Marienthal -- soprano saxophone (6)
Howard McCrary -- vocals (6)
Judd Miller -- EVI (electronic valve instrument)
Jay Oliver -- percussion sequence
Rick Riso -- vocals (6)
Phyllis St. James -- vocals (6)
Alfie Silas -- vocals (6)
Dave Weckl -- drums, percussion, percussion sequence
Kirk Whalum -- tenor saxophone (8)
Ron Moss -- executive album producer
Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen -- executive producers
Bernie Kirsh -- engineer, mixing
Carol Weinberg -- photography
Andy Baltimore, Dan Serrano, David Gibb, Ivan Salgado & Dave Kunze -- GRP graphic design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US March 1989 GRP Records LP/CD/CS GR/GRD/GRC-9583  

 

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