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Ulysses Owens Jr. - Onward & Upward (2014) Lossless

13-11-2014, 09:18
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Ulysses Owens Jr. - Onward & Upward (2014) Lossless

Artist: Ulysses Owens Jr.
Title Of Album: Onward & Upward
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: D-Clef Records
Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop
Total Time: 58:27 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 368 mb
WebSite: cdbaby

With his third leader date, Owens references the omnivorous attitude that's pervasive in today's jazz community. Since jazz means more things to more people than anybody could ever truly sort out, why not just touch on a lot of them? Owens goes with that line of thinking, throwing in everything from a groove-and-claps miniature (Onward & Upward Intro"), to a soulful vocal number ("People Make The World Go Round"), to a reflective original ("The Gift Of Forgiveness"). Nothing with a beat behind it is off-limits, as Owens pushes in some places and sits back in others. But regardless of what mode or mood he's in, Owens' music always points to the fact that he's in the driver's seat.

The drummer's taste in sidemen, like his playing, proves to be impeccable, as he brings in plenty of big guns to join the party. Things get playful and frisky when Anat Cohen's clarinet points south toward Brazil on "Samba Jam," Owens and pianist Christian Sands put a little intensity into the mix during "SST," trombonist Michael Dease steps forward on "For Nelson," and guitarist Gilad Hekselman adds a touch of modernity. Trumpeter Jason Palmer proves to be the standout in this sea of strong personalities, taking a spiritual stance in a few places and batting things around with Owens when the temperature rises. He's been "one to watch" for a while, but that might be too limiting a statement; one who's truly arrived should no longer have to wear such a label.

There's a lot to love here, and a lot of players to appreciate, but Owens owns this one. It's all about grooves, good vibes and a winning attitude.


01. Onward & Upward Intro (Ulysses Owens, Jr.) 01:00
02. People Make The World Go Round (Thom Bell (music)/ Linda Creed (lyrics)) 04:33
03. Just 25 Miles To Anywhere (Phyllis Hyman) 06:49
04. SST (Frank Buchanan & Kurt Stockdale) 06:25
05. Exodus (Daniel Dickinson) 05:25
06. Samba Jam (Anat Cohen & Reuben Rogers) 04:33
07. Fee Fi Fo Fum (Wayne Shorter) 08:09
08. The Gift Of Forgiveness (Ulysses Owens, Jr. & Benny Benack) 06:30
09. For Nelson (Michael Dease & Ulysses Owens, Jr.) 05:38
10. Human Nature (Steve Porcaro & John Bettis) 06:22
11. Drum Postlude (Ulysses Owens, Jr.) 02:57

Ulysses Owens Jr. - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Gilad Hekselman - Guitars
Reuben Rogers - Bass
Christian Sands - Piano, Kalimba
Jason Palmer - Trumpet
Michael Dease - Trombone
Anat Cohen - Saxophones, Clarinet

Charles Turner - Vocals (2)
Matthew Rybicki - Bass (8,9,10)
Benny Benack - Percussion, Trumpet (1,8)
Adam Rongo - Saxophones (9)

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