Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Joel Frahm

Joel Frahm

Joel Frahm readily admits that one of his strong suits as a player is both a blessing and a curse. “It’s my chameleon-like ability to play a lot of different styles,” says the gifted tenor saxophonist, whose latest for Palmetto, The Navigator, is an incremental leap from his 1999 debut as a leader, Sorry, No Decaf. “And instead of combating that impulse, I decided on this new record to put myself in a lot of different situations where I think my playing will shine.”

So on The Navigator there’s a free piece (his own edgy “Shards”), a classic ballad (his gorgeous reading of “My One and Only Love”), something in a ‘Trane mode (“Fort Wayne”) and something more contemporary sounding (his lyrical ballad “Sister Julie”). Frahm also shines on four compositions by his prolific colleague, pianist David Berkman, and one by drummer and former employer Matt Wilson. Supporting him on this sophomore effort are pianist Berkman, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Billy Drummond.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published