The multi-talented Hornsby returns to pop (after jazz and bluegrass excursions) with a cadre of concentrated songs capably interpreted by his road band of eight years (which includes bassist J.V. Collier and drummer Sonny Emory). Peak points include “Cyclone,” which revives the classic sound of Hornsby’s Range; the bass/piano bass-riff-driven “Simple Prayer”; the Collier and Emory co-written workout “Space is the Place”; and “Continents,” an epic ballad in three with Collier stretching on the extended rideout.
Anthony Jackson & Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirit [Abstract Logix]
After 30 years of offers from producers (beginning with Quincy Jones in the late ’70s), Anthony Jackson has released what he is calling his solo debut. As expected from one of the bass guitar’s most original, uncompromising, dynamic voices, the scenario and the music are on Anthony’s terms, and the result is both instantly electrifying and demanding of repeated deeper listening. To set the stage, Jackson’s friend, Greek composer and bassist Yiorgos Fakanas, proposed a project in which he would compose modern chamber music for rhythm section, horn section, and string quintet, affording Anthony whatever roles he wanted. For Jackson, that meant playing the ultra-challenging melodies (all with a pick, and often doubled in octaves) as well as manning both written and improvised bass lines. All bass solos come courtesy of the fully capable Fakanas.