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CD Review: Carol Morgan - Blue Glass Music

I discovered Carol Morgan when I reviewed her album Opening and I've been a fan ever since. Carol Morgan is one of those unique musicians with the ability to express diverse emotions in a single note. The intro of "I Love You" is a perfect example of her emotional and technical intensity. Listen also to her brilliant playing "Where are you?" where Morgan shows she is also a richly inventive improviser with a good sense of melody and swing.

After the intro on "I Love You" Morgan and her Quartet go into a swinging groove that take us back to the beginnings of jazz in New Orleans, changing into straight ahead and then some cool jazz, all in the same track.

Morgan interpretation of the classic "April in Paris" has the reserved intensity of a Miles Davis. Joel Frahm, with his warm and welcoming tone adds some thoughtful solos on this one.

The Quartet goes into more experimental territory, exploring aspects of free jazz, in the haunting music of Ornette Coleman "Lonely Woman".

The gorgeous sax and trumpet harmonies on "Booker's Waltz" serves as an introduction to some of the most brilliant and intense improvisations by Carol Morgan, Joel Frahm and drummer Matt Wilson.

"Glyph" is an original composition by saxophonist Joel Frahm and one of the most interesting on the realease. Constant rhythm changes that are both surprising and exciting.

The album close with another original "Last Waltz", this time by bassist Martin Wind. A sublime, slower tempo composition that allows Morgan to displays her sophisticated and ellegant phrasing in a more relaxed context.

Without a doubt, of of the best albums of 2011.

Musicians: Carol Morgan - trumpet, Joel Frahm - tenor saxophone, Martin Wind - bass, Matt Wilson - drums and percussion

Tracks: I Love You, April in Paris, Lonely Woman, Booker's Waltz, Glyph, Where are you?, Last Waltz

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