Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Two Sides, One Story

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Two Sides, One Story

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Mason Brothers

Two Sides, One Story

Archival Records 1583

Brad Mason (tp/flgn), Elliot Mason (tb/b tp), Chris Potter (ts), David Kikoski (p), Tim Miller (g), Joe Locke (vibes), Scott Colley (b), Antonio Sanchez (d)

24/7/Stage Pints/Two Sides, One Story/The Evil Eye/Gone Home/Outside In/Boots/In The Third Person

This 2010 release by another in the long line of Jazz siblings is a well conceived and wrought set of original compositions. While I generally find collections of originals to be on the tedious side, this one presents a variety that highlights the compositions of both brothers, with Elliot being the most prominent.

Advertised as a "musical journey," this album fails to present a coherent historical narrative, but does show that the two Britishborn Mason brothers learned their hard bop lessons well both at home, as students at Berklee and as jobbers in New York. Brad Mason plays some effective trumpet and flugelhorn, especially on 24/7 and Stage Pints, while younger brother Elliot demonstrates significant trombone chops on the latter, as well as Boots and Outside. The two of them work well as a frontline in the ensemble, blending beautifully in the composed parts as well as the collectively improvised sections. …

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