- Blues for Dizzy
- In the Groove
- Milt the Magnificent
- Stehenson’s rocket
- Lovely Summers day
- Soul Sister
- Tiny’s Theme
- Bird Dance
- Lefty’s Tune
Mike Carr – Hammond Organ/Grand Piano/Electric Piano/Vibes
Steve Kaldestad – Tenor
Steve Fishwick – Trumpet
Matt Fishwick – Drums
Robert Ahwai – Guitar 6/7/8/10
Simon Morton – Percussion 6/7/8/10.
Recorded August 5 & 6, 2002
All the compositions are by Mike Carr except
Lefty’s Tune, which is a Gary Cox theme based on the changes of
‘Strike Up the Band’.
I have always enjoyed the Organ playing of Mike
Carr, but on many occasions when I have heard it, the Hammond
has completely obliterated the solos of every other member of
the band! Thankfully that is not the case here and as well as
his excellent work on Organ, we also hear Mike on Piano and Vibes.
I have heard the Fishwick twins in Frank Griffith’s Nonet, but
Steve Kaldestad is new to me on Tenor, I understand he is from
This is a bebop album all through and through,
the tracks are dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and
Milt Jackson and they are worthy of those famous names. Personally
I always have time for another album which is reminiscent of the
great Blue Note records of the 50’s and 60’s.
Mike Carr has been around the UK jazz scene for
a long time; having originally come to fame with the Newcastle
on Tyne based Emcee Five. The other musician’s would be less than
half his age, but the group works well. The complicated ensembles
are beautifully played, which says a great deal for the technique
and total ability of his young charges. The compositions could
easily have come from the bebop era.
There is another dedication in the title of the
album; Stephenson’s Rocket is dedicated to the late Ronnie Stephenson,
who was also a member of the Emcee Five. Ronnie was one of the
finest drummers the UK has produced and whether he was working
with Big Band or Small Jazz Group, Ronnie was always a star.
The empathy between Steve Kaldestad on Tenor
and Steve Fishwick shows, both are excellent soloists and that
goes for Drummer Matt Fishwick as well. The addition of Percussion
on some tracks brings them even further into the Gillespie Bebop