Oliver Gannon Quartet – Easy Sailing CD review

by • December 17, 2014 • Album Reviews, BC Musicians, Current Issue, Front Page, Reviews1251


Easy Sailing
The Oliver Gannon Quartet
Cellar Live

Since arriving in Vancouver in 1970 Oliver Gannon had had an extensive career as a sideman but recordings with him as leader have been relatively few. He was a founder of the band Pacific Salt in 1970, and was a member of the Bobby Hales Big Band. In 1982 he and Fraser MacPherson were awarded a Juno for their album of duets “I Didn’t Know About You.” In 2002 he won the National Jazz Award for Canadian Guitarist of the Year.
On this CD he has recorded seven standards and two original compositions.   In an interview Gannon gave to Mark Miller he cites “Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery as formative models, of horn players as conceptual influences, and of Art Blakey’s music as a favourite direction.”  His fluid swinging style is rooted in 50s and 60s bop. He is a generous leader, allowing the band members lots of room to contribute. Most of the arrangements are done by pianist Black who came up with the intros out of which the performances evolved.
You can see and hear the Quartet on vimeo.com. They have posted a thirteen-minute clip of the band playing live at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, interspersed with an interview with Gannon.

OLIVER GANNON QUARTET from Silverstone Media Inc on Vimeo.

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