●GEORGE BOHANON / BOSS: BOSSA NOVA / FRESH SOUND / ESP / CD / FSRC1669 / 8427328616690 / 2,000円＋税
The early 60s gave us the pleasant—and very successful—association between modern jazz and bossa nova. The intriguing rhythm of the Brazilian beat laid a pulsating foundation for some great solo improvisations over the years.
From Detroit, a city ripe with good jazz talent, came a group led by George Bohanon, one of the most refreshing jazz trombonists of the era, and an instrumentalist of the first order. His melodic approach and assured tone, the easy flow of ideas and technical excellence was what first garnered him some attention with an instrumental-vocal group known as the Premiers. After that he enjoyed a lengthy stay with Yusef Lateef’s band and other groups before finally joining the Chico Hamilton quintet.
Aside from George Bohanon’s trombone solo work, other solo honors are shared by pianist Kirk Lightsey, guitarist Joe Messina and bassist Cecil McBee, while adding spice to the bossa nova sound are Bob Cousar on gourd and Henry Cosby on cymbal.