Pickett, Lenny

Random Act, 2014CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 20.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
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Sound: 3
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Score Chart

O’s Notes: Lenny Pickett and the UMO Jazz Orchestra present an exceptionally powerful and funky blues experience. Pickett plays tenor sax and E-flat clarinet making a strong statement with a passionate leading line on the opener “Busted Again”. The use of pace and dynamics works well on “XV” and throughout the set with the strong brass complement modulating their power in concert with a tight rhythm section. Teemu Vinikainen’s (g) use of the wah wah gives the title track a cool retro funky feel that is reminiscent of 1970s Tower of Power! Pickett was a TOP member and that groove is threaded throughout the set culminating with a rousing retake of the classic “What Is Hip?”