James Morton's Porkchop - Don’t You Worry ‘Bout That
- Kenny Mathieson
- 1 June 2010
(Fresh Ground Records)
Bristol alto saxophonist James Morton has worked regularly with Pee Wee Ellis (of James Brown fame), and clearly soaked up the American saxophonist’s soul-jazz-funk ethos. The dance-floor friendly grooves and soulful licks draw heavily on the soul jazz organ bands of the 60s, but push beyond a simple re-treading of old ground.
Morton’s saxophone work has a punchy energy and invention, and reveals a command of a considerably wider range of jazz idioms than just soul jazz. Denny Ilett avoids the clichés of jazz-funk guitar in original and engaging style, while Dan Moore on Hammond organ and drummer Ian Matthews stoke the boiler in exuberant fashion. A fresh twist on a familiar theme, with enough grit ‘n’ grease to sidestep drifting into the smooth jazz camp.