May 9th, 2007 | by Michael Byrne Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Jefrey Leighton Brown, "Change Has Got to Come!" from Change Has Got to Come! (Community Library)

     
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ejb_groupphotoI finally got the chance to see the Evolutionary Jass Band last Friday night at their monthly Valentine's residency. Much thanks to Tom Humphrey for reminding me. I'm told it was a pretty different bag than most of their shows, adding in a couple of free-variable horn players that may have affected things a bit, shoving some more “free” into their “free-jazz.”

I've also been told they've been playing cuts–or, at least, variations of cuts–from this album (Jef Brown is the frontman of EJB). But, last Friday was a bit of an anomaly: ninety percent improv versus around seventy percent, according to member Jesse Johnson. I don't think they even came close to this song, a “classic” free-jazz twisted take on old soul tinged blues. It's a “jam” and a grand one at that, but doesn't let itself loose in nearly the same way as a live show. But, damn, I wish there was a mic in that room for Brown to let loose with the climatic titular chorus, and its classic cascading “oooooohhh/yeah” finish.

[audio:changehasgottocome.mp3]

Links:
Evolutionary Jass Band on the web.
www.community-library.net

Photo: from ComLib's website.
 
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