CMJ Jazz Chart, Issue 1342:
#5 – Lenny Marcus Trio “Second Set” (Lenny Marcus Music)
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TONK placed in at number five in the Jazz Time’s Top 50 Albums of 2013.
Tonk – A Tribute To Ray Bryant, Vol. 2; Lenny Marcus, piano, flute, vocals.?Ray Bryant had a certain open, bluesy sound with chords seemingly from heaven. It turns out that Bryant, who passed away in 2011, was Lenny Marcus’s teacher and mentor and a best friend of Marcus Sr. So it’s entirely sensible that Marcus should follow his earlier RB tribute with Volume 2. His basic trio of Rick Eckberg, bass, and Larry Scott, drums, is augmented here and there with additional instrumentation. And Marcus keeps these proceedings squarely in Bryant’s corner with a very bluesy orientation and a swinging menu from the first notes. How could he do otherwise on a tribute to this great Philly giant? There are 16 tunes in all, ranging from evergreens such as “C Jam Blues,” “Old Devil Moon,” and “St. Louis Blues,” to Bryant blues specials such as “Slow Freight,” “Up Above the Rock,” “Break Tune in G,” and two of Ray’s best, “Blues #2 and #3.” These — and all the others on this disc — remind us of the individuality, the fresh and invigorating vitality, and the reliably joyful sound that was, plain and simply, in the DNA of Ray Bryant.?Self-Produced; 2013; appx. 58 minutes.
Next Week’s JazzWeek Chart:
#7 – Cory Weeds/Bill Coon Quartet “With Benefits” (Cellar Live) – so far reached Top 5, charting 8 weeks & counting
#36 – Lenny Marcus Trio “TONK: A Tribute to Ray Bryant, Vol. 2″ – DEBUT
#39 – Craig Wuepper “Leaps and Bounds” (Cellar Live) – charting 5 weeks & counting
Lisa Kirchner “Umbrellas in Mint” (Verdant World Records)
Lenny Marcus “TONK: A Tribute to Ray Bryant, Vol. 2″