Friday, March 17, 2017
The Michael Blum Quartet, Chasin' Oscar, A Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Some swinging contemporary jazz is what we get, most of the music associated directly or indirectly with Oscar. Blum much of the time has adopted Oscar's recorded solo from each tune and made it live for guitar. He is seconded very nicely by pianist Brad Smith, bassist Jim Stinnett (whom Blum cites as an important teacher and mentor) and drummer Dom Moio.
Michael also sings on "Tenderly" and that sounds good as well.
This is music of high artistry, from a guitarist who has absorbed Peterson's ethos and made it over in his own image and sound design.
I must say I enjoy this album thoroughly! Take a listen.