by Mark Little, Alex Murzyn, Peter Barshay, Curt Moore
In the 1990s, Monarch was to the San Francisco Bay Area what Brownstone was to Boston and Delmark and Southport were to Chicago -- a jazz-oriented indie that wasn't afraid to document local talent. You didn't necessarily have to be a native or resident of the Bay Area to record for Monarch, but since the company was based in Palo Alto, CA, it made sense to document some of the people who were in the label's own backyard. One of the Monarch CDs recorded in the Bay Area was Mark Little's The Tribe, a decent post-bop effort. Little has a pleasing approach to post-bop pianism, and he is also noteworthy because of his choice of material. When it comes to picking songs, Little does his homework. The acoustic pianist (who is joined by bassist Peter Barshay, saxman Alex Murzyn, and drummer Curt Moore) doesn't inundate listeners with overdone standards.
Song List: 1. Wabash III, 2. Tokyo Blues, 3. You Can't Go Home Again Song for Jennifer, 4. Harvey's Diamond, 5. The Tribe, 6. Carmen's Trance, 7. Segment, 8. Blue Daniel, 9. The Touch of Your Lips, 10. Calling You
Sample this Album below, click on song links to listen!