Rupert, Jeff / From Memphis To Mobile
Album: From Memphis To Mobile   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Rupert, Jeff   Added:Nov 2009
Label:Random Act  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-04-04 Pull Date: 2010-06-06 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jun 6 May 23 May 2 Apr 25
Airplays: 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 04, 2010: The Songsmith Show
Rock Skippin'
4. Apr 30, 2010: No Cover, No Minimum
Rock Skippin'
2. May 22, 2010: Music Casserole
If I Had Only Known
5. Apr 23, 2010: Vocal Concoctions
Rock Skippin'
3. May 01, 2010: Music Casserole
I Loves You, Porgy

Album Review
Guest DJ Account
Reviewed 2010-02-12
Dripping with soul, southernness, and sometimes sentimentality, this record is a jazz-blues fusion from the New Jersey jazz heavyweight who currently teaches at the University of Central Florida. Quartet features Rupert on tenor, accompanied by a rhythm section. Ranges from reinterpretation of classic standards to uptempo bebop-style improvisatory tracks to blues ballads. The synthesis comes of pretty well. No FCCs

track 1: lighthearted, uptempo track in blues form/structure yet with a distinctly jazz aesthetic, reminiscent of the tempo and tonal character of bebop, great piano solo from Kenny Drew jr

track 2: haunting, oscillating minor piano melody, has a bossa-nova rhythm, midtempo. air of mystery yet still permeated with cool.

track 3: classic downtempo blues in both song form and harmonic structure. wailing sax plays well off gutbucket style bass. evokes a romantic/sentimental vibe.

track 4: unaccompanied sax/piano duet, strong use of unison and contrasting or aligning rhythms. harmonies are a little predictable. downtempo

track 5: uptempo rhythm section and piano comping drives this piece, over which rupert solos effortlessly. great piano harmonies

track 6: Rupert's interpretation of George Gershwin's classic ballad duet for piano and tenor is melancholy and powerful

track 7: uptempo, bouncy, energetic, characterized by fast, virtuosic sax solos.

track 8: downtempo, sentimental and sappy. wack. introduces Lyman Brodie on flugelhorn for exchange between the two horns

track 9: begins by imitating Louis Armstrong's iconic introductory solo on the classic "West End Blues," paying homage to greats. song itself is another kind of boring downtempo duet.

track 10: has a midtempo rockabilly feel, blues tonalities, saxophone's laidback southern drawl

track 11: remake of Duke Ellington ballad from his "Queen Suite."

Jonah Rexer

Track Listing
1. Rock Skippin'   6. I Loves You, Porgy
2. Bad Moon   7. Chasin' Tail
3. If I Had Only Known   8. Walking Home
4. Beatrice   9. Basin Street Blues
5. The Norfolk Southern R.R.   10. Thunderbird
  11. A Single Petal Of A Rose