Chris Dundas Group
From the LA Jazz Scene November 2002: What an all-star lineup Chris Dundas has selected to work out with him! For partners, the pianist has saxophonist Bob Sheppard, guitarist Buzz Feiten, bassist Dave Carpenter, and drummer Peter Erskine on hand to help him rock the joint. Half of his program is original material, while the other half comes from the standard repertoire. Their collaborative sound is fresh and exciting. Audio samples of 'Autumn Leaves,' 'Haiti-B,' 'Simpatico' and 'Ninety Minute Man' may be found at www.chrisdundas.com. The pianist has included both light, smooth jazz and dramatic, modern mainstream jazz in this debut program. His interpretation of Joanne Brackeen's intense 'Haiti-B' sparkles with passion, while several originals mellow into smooth oblivion. While interpreting Keith Jarrett's 'So Tender,' unaccompanied, Dundas exhibits the lyrical sense of melody and harmony that prove to be his greatest strengths. As a singer would caress each line and impart contextual meaning, he phrases the ballad in such a way that we can clearly appreciate the song's purpose. Dundas has made a great start to what undoubtedly will be a long and successful jazz career. Jim Santella This is Chris Dundas speaking now - This CD was a blast to record LIVE! I can't wait to make the next one. And I LOVE what Jim Santella wrote about my So Tender cut.