Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Straight Ahead Soul

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Straight Ahead Soul

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Paul Carr - Straight Ahead Soul

Paul Carr Jazz (PCJ - no number)

Paul Carr (ts / ss), Allyn Johnson (p), Bobby Broom (g), Michael Bowie (sb), Lewis Nash (d), Sam "Seguito" Turner (pere), Chelsey Green (viola on last track)

Side Yard Tracks / Dreams Of You / Straight Ahead Soul / Scarppy / Love Wants To Dance / Light And Lovely / Healing Song / Between Worlds / Medley: Blessed Assurance-We've Come This Far By Faith

Paul Carr is a saxophonist and educator in the Washington B.C. area who cut his musical teeth in his hometown of Houston. There he developed his style with a mix of soul, blues, R&B, Jazz and gospel - all of which are in evidence on this disc.

Carr's band is apparently not a regularly working unit, but it clearly plays well together. Guitarist Broom lives in Chicago and is clearly up on the tradition of the blues in that city. Pianist Johnson leans heavily towards a gospel-based style, but his two tunes on this recording ("Dreams of You" and "Healing Song") also show him to be a sophisticated composer in the late Jazz idiom.

In addition to his bass work, Michael Bowie contributes what is perhaps the most interesting tune on the disc, "Between Worlds," which features an amalgam of all Carr' s influences in one work. Percussionist Turner doesn't get much chance to shine, although his contribution to "Side Yard Tracks" compellingly adds to the funk without challenging the solid beat laid down by Lewis Nash, who shows what a fine rhythm section player he is throughout the album. A vocalist is listed in the credits, but she appears not to have made the final cut. …

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