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Ajaye, Franklin / Vagabond Jazz & the Abstract T
Album:Vagabond Jazz & the Abstract T Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ajaye, Franklin Added:02/2005
Label:Self-Release 

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Add Date:2005-02-13 Pull Date:2005-04-17 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-02-11 
Drifting and gently grooving pieces, mostly with clarinet and bass. Lots like an ECM record including an echoey sound. The tracks have a nice slowed-down jazz groove to them; they’re slow but not sleepy and (mostly) going for something tougher than that lyrical new-age feel.

Ajaye is a stand-up comic -- “The Jazz Comedian” he called himself -- whose career goes back to the ‘70s. He’s a pretty funny guy who’s made a living lately as a TV writer but still performs. He’s playing the clarinet on these tracks, with brother Eric supplying all the other instruments. Included with the Music CD is a disc of one of Franklin’s performances from 2000.

1- A floaty kind of cool. Relaxed groove with bass & clarinet
2- Cavernous and wandering.
3- Bass and clarinet again; nice recurring bass riff
4- Romantic; verges on smooth jazz
5- Meditative Miles cover
6- Slow, peaceful
7- Adds percussion for some different color
8- Slow. Nice beat develops towards the end.
9- Adds quiet, piping trumpet
10- Gentle start develops into a nice upbeat groove.

Track Listing
1.Voyage 6.Vagabond
2.Deja Blue 7.Get on the Train
3.Forest Walk 8.The Key of Sea
4.Pearls 9.Harlem Rooftop Conversation
5.In a Silent Way 10.Scarborough Faire