Jeff Tain Watts – Family

April 29, 2011 / No Comments / Tags: dark key music, dave kikoski, family, james genus, jazz, jeff "tain" watts, laura kahle, steve wilson, thejazzpage

(Dark Key Music)

Family from drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is truly a work that lives up to the title. All of the compositions on the project were inspired by members of his immediate and adopted family. Also, in the process of working on this project Watts got married. But it’s the marriage of four great musicians that makes this recording really special. Watts is join on the effort by pianist Dave Kikoski, bassist James Genus and saxophonist Steve Wilson. Musicians of this calibur can’t help but cook up something great and that is definitely what happens here. The music is high energy for most of the project, with some fantastic balladry as well. Count this among the great repetoire of music that Watts has built.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Family”.

Tracks: Family, Of August Moon, Möbius, Little Michael, Goldaze, Edwardian Overture, Jonesin’ (for Elvin), A Wreath for John T. Smith, Torch E-Ternal .