Owen, Chuck

Mama, 2023CD
Instrument: Instrumental

Issue: 29.3

Jazz Ruler Type: BigBand
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score: 91
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Conductor Chuck Owen teams up with the WDR Big Band for Renderings, a steamy recording that is up to the standards of the titled musicians. The screaming solos are plentiful starting on the opener, “Knife’s Edge”, and the harmonies are sweet on “…And Your Point Is?”. They also display a softer side with the orchestral ballad “Of Mystery & Beauty” featuring bassist John Goldsby, saxophonist/composer Karolina Strassmayer and violinist Sara Caswell. We also enjoyed “This Love Of Mine”. the mysterious finale, “Canoe”.


Publicist: Braithwaite & Katz