Back at the Track
'Back at the Track' is a self-produced CD by Louisville, KY, musician and teacher, Jerry Tolson and his Louisville-based Quintet. Tolson, who teaches jazz studies at the University of Louisville School of Music, is a pianist, vocalist, saxophonist, and composer in the jazz idiom. This CD, the group's second, contains nine selections all of which were composed and arranged by Tolson. Playing both acoustic and electric piano on this CD, Tolson is joined by Jeff Sherman, guitar; Sonny Stephens, bass; David Clark, alto saxophone; and Dwight Dozier, drums. Percussionists Hugh Petersen and Darryl Cotton add tasteful Latin percussion to most of the tracks. 'Back at the Track' provides listening pleasure for all facets of the jazz audience. For the traditional lovers of swing, there are plenty of toe tapping cuts including Track #1, Smooth As Silk, Track #4, Sauce on the Side, and the title track of the CD, Back at the Track (#6). Track #3, Silent Tears, and track #9, Express Lane, are in the 'smooth' jazz groove with Silent Tears being in a funk ballad style and Express Lane being a 12/8 uptempo funk. Track #2, Coco Quay (pronounced like Key), and Track #8, Samba Manana, are Latin influenced. Coco Quay has a floating Carribean feel and Samba Manana is an energetic samba that opens with an infectious montuno that returns at the end. The final selection on the CD, track #5, March of the Contradi, is a brooding modal blues in a minor key that recalls the grooves of the Ahmad Jamal Trio and When You're Near, Selection #6, is a beautiful traditional jazz ballad. Whether it makes you want to tap your foot, clap your hands, or dance with your favorite partner, the music on this CD is designed with the listener in mind. Hopefully the listener will find it relaxing and enjoyable.