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

Cow Bop: Two Hick for the Room

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

With cover art that is bound to amuse fans of cartoonist Gary Larson, Cow Bop’s third release has a lot going for it even before the band kicks up some dust with the help of four special guest riders: pianist Roger Kellaway, saxophonist Allen Mezquida, trombonist Andy Martin and B3 organist Joe Bagg. Tagging along with guitarist Bruce Forman and his pardners is as much fun as ever.

That’s because the affection Forman holds for Western-swing pioneers, Southwest jazz bands and classic pop vocalists-plus his interest in seminal bop, country and Latin influences-is every bit as evident as his six-string finesse, and he’s surrounded himself with musicians who share his taste and enthusiasms. How else to explain why Kellaway sounds so engaged on an unabashedly romantic “Besame Mucho” and a racing “Alabamy Bound,” and how the horn players and B3 organist add such brilliant luster and soul to this 12-tune collection?

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