O’Dell, Tim

Southport, 2009CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 15.3

Jazz Ruler Type: BigBand
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Saxophonist Tim O’Dell is passionate about large ensembles. He joins forces with the University of Iowa Jazz Ensemble, his alma mater, to perform ten original compositions. The band is conducted by Professor John Rapson (tb). Bob Thompson (as, ss), Steve Grismore (g), Jim Drier (perc) and Brent Sandy (t) are featured soloist. This unusual big band program includes free jazz, fusion and bebop. The title track captures the central theme with excellent work on congas by Drier. O’Dell pushes the envelope a bit using the large ensemble to play multiple layers of jazz-fusion on “Epilogue Groove”. The reflective vibe of “Retrospection” has an exotic character and the brass harmonies highlight “Mr. ID”. Nice work!


Publicist: Southport Records (Chicago Sound)