Jeremy Mohney and friends dropped a new hot jazz EP and it's superb.
Long time Boulder-based jazz artist Jeremy Mohney is back, with a new EP and a whole quartet of players. It’s called Get Dancin' and it’s coming out this Saturday, May 7th. On this release, Mohney and his band play to their strengths; the rules of jazz standard, the swing influences genuine. Each mix is saturated strategically, as not to swallow any instruments, but rather, create unity among the players.
On “Get Dancin’”, the title track off Mohney’s new self-release, it’s hard not to get up and dance. There is no drum kit on this EP, though a hint of snare can be heard on this track. With Matt Cantor strumming on nylon and Alex Heffron jamming on electric, the pair dance like magnets through the song’s midsection.
There’s a heavy Armstrong influence partying out on “You Got It”, the EP’s starter track, with the horn charging the beat. Bassist Gary Sloan adds an electric energy with his horn solo. Endearing rhymes, guaranteed to make even the purists of jazz artists’ heart sing, pair well with a bebop falling bassline. Mohney purposefully plays up the blue notes, making a statement for standard contemporary hot jazz that reverberates throughout the recording.
“You’re Not Blue No More”, a song you might hear in the background on Fallout 4, is one track I always look forward to hearing on shuffle. The mix sounds well EQed, with much of the body toned down to make room for a hot clarinet and trombone reverb. Although there’s a slight repetition in word choice in the lyrics, there’s no damage. This is hands-down my favorite.
“It’s No More” is a romantic jazz ballad reminiscent of a more contemporary influence, Michelle by The Beatles. Mohney’s swanky vocals end in trills as he fades out of the vibrato, which creates a pretty suave effect. Cantor and Sloan rock a militant bassline that trudges on with style and ease, a style that’s showcased by all the quartet’s players through a reverberant room-tone.
Overall, Mohney’s newest release is Boulder sophistication to the beat. The group is tight, yet improvisational, with each player getting his moment. The arrangements are short and sweet, with a kick. I definitely recommend celebrating with The Jeremy Mohney Quartet’s Get Dancin' release party on the Pearl Street Mall this Saturday, May 7 at 4 PM.
Your feet will not feel blue- I promise.
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