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"LA Beat: Luther Hughes’ Cannonball/Coltrane Project
at Muckenthaler Jazz Fest "
by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene
JazzPolice.com - June.
The Cannonball/Coltrane Quintet Project is now in its seventh
successful year. The Quintet has already completed three fantastic CDs that
have all scored high on the jazz charts, plus they have performed regularly
all over Southern California as well. The project began with Luther Hughes
hearing the only record that alto sax great, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley,
and tenor sax giant, John Coltrane, recorded together in Chicago, IL. The
Muckenthaler Jazz Series takes place every May and June in Fullerton, CA,
in a beautifully spacious outside amphitheater and is now in its fourth year.
The concerts are put together by founding producer Eric Futterer, founding
director Dr. Glenn Cashman and honorary chairman (famous entrepreneur of
the famed Lighthouse and Concerts By the Sea) Howard Rumsey. These gentlemen
have presented some excellent jazz groups, including the Cannonball/Coltrane
Project (CCP) on June 4, 2009. This stellar quintet includes Dr. Glenn Cashman
(tenor sax), Bruce Badad, (alto sax), Ed Czach (piano), Paul Kreibich (drums)
and Luther Hughes (bass/leader). Each of them writes composing for the group
and does some arranging too. They opened with a classy jazz version of the
standard “Once in a While” from their most recent CD Spectacular.
Each soloed brilliantly. This quintet is a special entity. Its sound is its
own and truly remakes the memorable sounds that Cannonball and Coltrane projected
in not-too-distant time back. Tunes like “Work Song,” “Limehouse
Blues,” “All Blues” (done in 4/4 instead of the written
3/4 originally), “Bohemia After Dark” (from bass great Oscar
Pettiford) and “Lisa” (by Victor Feldman) were among many numbers
performed. I highly encourage jazz fan listeners to hear CCP’s music
and CDs. They are in the process of making their fourth one, coming up soon
in August. The audience gave them a standing ovation at concert’s end.
Please visit www.cannonballcoltraneproject.com and www.TheMuck.org for more