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Wonderful Debut Recording From Some Great Young Jazz Artists

If you are a fan of the old Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers or Horace Silver recordings, you have to order this wonderful debut CD from New Century. New Century is comprised of Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano, Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums, Benny Benack III on trumpet, Ysushi Nakamura on bass, and Michael Dease on trombone.

The music is very traditional in its nature but with a very refreshing new vibe to it. The compositions really swing and the soloists are all wonderful. Pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi channels some of the energy of McCoy Tyner and Mulgrew Miller in his playing. Saxophonist Tim Green reminds me of a cross between Justin Robinson and Kenny Garrett on alto and Wayne Shorter on soprano, which he plays on “Festi-Vibe.” Benny Benack plays with the same fiery spirit that Lee Morgan possessed. Throughout this entire recording Ulysses Owens and Ysushi Nakamua comprise a very tight and swinging rhythm unit. There isn’t a bad tune on the entire CD.

Some of my favorite tracks included: “New Century,” “London Town,” “Festi-Vibe,” “El Gran Arado,” and “Yasugaloo.” Make sure you pick up this CD for your summer listening. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you to everyone in New Century for making such a wonderful recording that really lifts the spirits, which is what great jazz is all about.

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Time Is Now, New Century Jazz Quintet
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