Allen, Carl & Rodney Whitaker

Mack Avenue, 2009CD
Instrument: Instrumental

Issue: 15.2

Jazz Ruler Type: R&B+Jazz
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: This is the sophomore recording for bassist Whitaker and drummer Allen on Mack Ave. They pack a solid punch into a program that is straight-ahead jazz but with a solid dose of soul/R&B. They open swinging hard on the title track featuring Kirk Whalum on sax. They mix originals with jazzy modifications of tunes from The Isley’s, Lennon & McCartney and Marvin Gaye. Guitarist Rodney Jones and Whalum share the melody on “What’s Going On”, one of many highlights. Vincent Herring (sax), Brandon Lee (t), Doc Robinson (B3) and George Colligan (p) round out an excellent band. We also liked “Eleanor Rigby”, the mellow “With You I’m Born Again” and the cool vibe of “Relativity”.


Publicist: D. L. Media