Sunday, May 4, 2008
Killer Strayhorn- Long Story Short
If the staff of Plastic Sax didn't know better, we'd assume that the unusual moniker and almost complete lack of web presence were clues that Killer Strayhorn was actually the pseudonymous product of a mysterious jazz supergroup.
Although the performance captured on Long Story Short is on par with jazz's elite, the reality isn't quite so exciting. Killer Strayhorn is a new group consisting of Kansas City jazz journeymen.
"Black Narcissus" and "Stolen Moments," the disc's first two songs, demonstrate that Killer Strayhorn is remarkably adept at interpreting jazz standards. The tone and execution are similar to the classic Blue Note sound. Even if Long Story Short fails to make anyone forget about Speak No Evil and Maiden Voyage, its evocation of a lesser Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers album sill represents a notable accomplishment.
The quintet of Bob Harvey, James Isaac, Chris Lewis, Dave Luvin and Todd Crookston host a CD release party Wednesday, May 7, at Jardine's.
(Note to musicians, labels and publicists: Plastic Sax reviews all Kansas City-related jazz discs it receives.)