2018 Release – Jay Lawrence’s “Sonic Paragon”!



Drummer Jay Lawrence gathered together an impressive all-star group to perform swinging originals (all but one are his with one being co-written) and inventive versions of two standards and Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” (turned into  a straight ahead uptempo romp).  The colorful music covers a variety of moods and tempos ranging from the rhythmically catchy “Tchoupitoulas” and the cheerful “My Winsome Consort” to an infectious modernized version of “Maria”.  Among the most memorable moments are Renee Rosnes’ sly Monkish solo on “My Winsome Consort,” Terell Stafford’s riotous plunger mute chorus on “Slide,” Romero Lubambo pushing the rhythm on “Maria,” and the leader’s drum breaks on the Latinish “Vamonos”.  Harry Allen’s tenor is a major part of the group’s sound throughout, the three guitarists each have spots to shine, and how can one beat John Patitucci on bass?  Sonic Paragon is  worthy of many listens; there is a lot to discover in this music. -Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist/Historian and Author of 11 books


A short song to sing your praises on a masterful recording, with many of my favorite players, finding their collective energies within the bountiful groove of your originals, a new breath for Berlin, a new jam for Jimi and SO MUCH MORE!


Gary Walker
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Newark, New Jersey 07102