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(self-released, © 2008)
Review Date: January 2009
by Tom Hamilton
This is the first release from Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania born Jay T. Vonada and his fellow musicians. In his biography he states that he discovered jazz in 1995and has since become ground in the bebop tradition of the masters Parker, Gillespie and a new name to me J.J Johnson. An all out jazz album I found it a great joy from the dross pop machine streaming through the air waves. Busy with many other outlets for his music this could be his greatest channel to the masses on the strength of the eight tunes here which he wrote and arranged.
"Jammin' " starts out with 'A Blues' where to his credit Jay shares the prominence with his other members to great effect and showing the listener that the talent of the support musicians make the main, in this case both keyboards from Adam Kurland and drums from John Sullivan, this tune gets into your head after a number of plays and it's as if been there for years. Second on the list is 'Three Tons' starting of with a lighter breezy feel, like a summers day love ballad. Again the guys playing off each other to great effect with again fabulous drums from Sullivan. Jay gets the vibe up a bit with the exciting 'Anthracite' which gets me thinking of how Miles Davis would have swung had he picked up a trombone. Adam Kurland's interspersing keyboard makes this one of the highlight tracks for me. Jumping to track five things slow way down with the feel of sitting in a smoke filled room drinking martinis. We get to hear the talent of Jacob Hibel at his best on 'Red Ash' with some burning hot bass, apologies for the pun, along side Kurland's simmering keys again. A slight change with the more latent Brazilian funk is 'Mina' again it's like an old standard that been a friend for many tears, showing the song-writing talent here. we finish on a high with best of all the dance laden vibes of 'Funk'n Blues' the keyboard reminding in a way of Jimmy Smith in feel.
This a fantastic little CD, Full of life and vitality and will be sitting next to my CD player for a long time to come. Jump in and get down to the great vibes that is Jay T. Vonada.
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