Christian Howes – Out Of The Blue

December 3, 2010 / No Comments / Tags: bobby floyd, christian howes, jazz, joel rosenblatt, robben ford, tamir hendelman, thejazzpage

(Resonance Records)

Christian Howes is a classically-trained violin whose path was changed when he started playing in African-American churches. You can hear the strong bluesy influence in his work on his latest release, Out of The Blue. If the project wasn’t bluesed up enough, he’s joined in this effort by guitar virtuoso Robben Ford. The string fellowship between the two is not to be missed. The supporting ensemble on the recording is outstanding as well, and includes Tamir Hendelman on piano, Bobby Floyd on Hammond b-3, Kevin Axt and Joel Rosenblatt on drums. Howes nicely covers a cross-section of tunes by Chick Corea, Ornette Coleman, Fats Domino and Carla Bley, with the project swinging from start to finish. 

Click here to listen to a clip of “I’m Walkin'”.

Tracks: Fingerprints, I’m Walkin’, Cape Verdean Blues, Gumbo Klomp, Out of The Blue, See and Ye Shall Find, Bobby’s Bad, Sing Me Soflty When Will The Blues Leave, Sweet Lorraine.