Alexander Claffy – Standards: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:51 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Jazz
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This sophomore recording by bass phenom Alexander Claffy features a collection of familiar standards spanning several generations, from the American Songbook tradition to mid-20th century jazz classics to a Beatles favorite. Following his debut album, with its focus on a blend of contemporary soul and hip hop influences, it would be tempting to contrast the two projects as a looking forward/looking back dichotomy. This new album defies such easy categorization, however, with with deeply personal readings that update timeless melodies with an utterly timely approach.

Claffy’s collaborators fit a similar cross-generational model: the core of the band features two longtime inspirations who have helped pave the way for the bassist’s forward-looking vision, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and pianist Dave Kikoski, as well as the acclaimed saxophonist Joel Frahm. The line-up is rounded out by a number of Claffy’s up-and-coming peers, including drummers Adam Arruda, Mark Whitfield Jr. and Aaron Kimmel, trumpeter Benny Benack III, and vocalist Veronica Swift.

01. Blues On The Corner (McCoy Tyner)
02. You Must Believe In Spring (Legrand / Demy, Bergman & Bergman Arr. Claffy)
03. Michelle (John Lennon / Paul McCartney Arr. Kikoski)
04. Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter, Arr. Rosenwinkel)
05. So In Love (Cole Porter, Arr. Claffy)
06. Is That So? (Duke Pearson, Arr. Steven Feifke)
07. Devils Island (Wayne Shorter, Arr. Benack)
08. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (Legrand / Bergman & Bergman, Arr. Claffy)
09. Deep Song (George Cory / Douglass Cross)