Friday, September 22, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Black/Note is a very good post bop jazz group from Los Angeles that caused a bit of a stir with this in 1993 and then as bands do sometimes, they just disappeared. Black/Note was started at a club called World Stage by bassist Mark Shelby, trumpeter Richard Grant, drummer Willie Jones III & alto sax player James Mahone. Eric Reed was one of their early pianists but he left and Ark Sano was on this CD. Grant also left to go to Rutgers and was replaced by Gilbert Castellanos. They recorded four CDs including Jungle Music on Columbia in 1993. The group members have gone on to varying degrees of success. Shelby, Castellanos & Jones work a lot of sessions. Castellanos just released his first solo recording and Jones has recorded solo and is a regular with Roy Hargrove. Black/Note is recommended to hard bop fans.