When Jamie Ousley calls his buddies, Phillip Strange and Larry Marshall, a serious game of “come out, come out where ever you are” ensues. His latest release “Back Home” is a prime example.
Joined by contributors, Ira Sullivan and Ed Calle, all is good in the world of Jamie Ousley. Stretch a little to include hand in glove duo vocalist SAMM, percussionist Carlomagno Araya , Violin, Mandolin, Cuatro, Maracas specialist Jhonny Mendoza and additional vocals by LeNard Rutlande and Nanami Morikawa , BAM the result is inspirational music worth a sincere “‘listen.”
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Jamie Ousley is an accomplished bassist, and while I am familiar with many of the headliners he has been a sideman for, I am not familiar with his music. But then again, I rarely go out to hear jazz music when I am in Miami! But the next time I am in Miami, I will be looking to catch one of his shows! Ousley’s lastest release Back Home, is a collection of originals and covers that display his wide range of musical influences and talents. As player, composer and writer, Ousley gives you the full array of talents.
What impressed me about this CD was the careful combination of songs on the disc. Each a lyric and singly entertaining piece but when taken as a whole, a solid story of comfort and expressiveness. Ousley brings together some solid talent in the musicians he chooses to accompany him on this project. Ira Sullivan, a talented multi-instrumentalist is a featured artist on a number of songs and leaves his mark on them. The rhythm section of Ousley, pianist, Phillip Strange and drummer, Larry Marshall are tight and work well together.
The compostions are all deeply spiritual pieces and have some real depth to them. They approach timelessness, even though you just heard some of them for the first time. That to me is a sign that Jamie Ousley understands the place he wants to take the listener and when he gets you there, he provides familiar surroundings in which to settle and become relaxed in the music. Ousley has delivered a wonderful piece of musical comfort in Back Home. This is an enjoyable listen from start to finish with some really fine moments of individual and ensemble excellence. My hat is off to Ousley on his latest creation, Back Home.
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From Midwest Record:
Delightful easy jazz listening date that doesn’t have artistic pretensions, just good, upbeat jazz at the core. With pros like Ira Sullivan and Ed Calle contributing some licks beyond Ousley and his core cats, this set is right on the money throughout serving up summertime jazz done just to the right turn with just the right amount of au jus. Fun stuff that really works well.
BY BOB WEINBERG
Special to The Miami Herald
With his tinted glasses and neatly trimmed goatee, bassist Jamie Ousley has cut a familiar figure on the South Florida jazz scene for more than a decade. His tone and dexterity are prized by area jazz royalty and his sensitivity and creativity as an accompanist sought by vocalists from Miami to West Palm Beach.
But Ousley’s expertise also assures that the ink on his passport never stays dry for long; he has performed from Ballydehob, Ireland, to Jacmel, Haiti. About a month ago, the Hallandale Beach resident embarked on a recruiting trip to Costa Rica, where he helped audition prospective students for the jazz-performance program at Florida International University, where he teaches. And, last year, he returned to Osaka, Japan, to record his second CD, Back Home.
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Like a plate of riblets or a lady flashing herself with a latex glove, Jamie Ousley is a musician that makes you want to stick around for more, as this bassist demonstrates his talents on his new album, Back Home (Tie).
First off, one of many reasons why this album sounds great is due to engineer Mineo Kasuga, who brings you into the room and makes it sound as if these musicians are there with you. The entire album was recorded in Osaka City, Japan, so right there, combine finely played jazz with a recording studio overseen by someone with a set of standards many American producers tossed out years ago, and you’re in for a fantastic time.
That fantastic time comes through in his original compositions, including “A Tune, Sir?”, “Prayer”, and “Pasaje Tennessee”, which mixes up the warmth of the Southern U.S. with the beauty of South America. While he does present his takes on other people’s works (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” and Chopin’s “Nocturne in E flat major, OP. 9 No. 2″), I found his work more than capable of holding up to listen, and I want to listen to more.
Jamie Ousley plays Double Bass and is the mind behind this very satisfying album of just about the purest jazz around. Every one of the musicians in his group are fine soloists in their own right – Phillip Strange, piano, Larry Marshall, drums, Ira Sullivan, soprano sax/also flute/flugel horn, Ed Calle, soprano sax, Carlomagno Araya, percussion, Jhonny Mendoza, violin, mandolin, cuatro, maracas, and SAMM, LeNard Rutledge and Nanami Morikawa , vocals. But what keeps this excellent group of numbers so well grounded is the very present solid bass line of Jamie Ousley. It is a secure feeling that pervades every selection. And if one track on this CD deserves special mention it would be thee title track – ‘Back Home’. It all comes together here in a manner that makes even those who don’t ‘get’ jazz believers.
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Atlanta jazz critic Bruce Pulver talks about, and your hosts play, music from some of his favorite musicians from outside the Atlanta area. We will be featuring music by artists Jeremy Davenport, Annie Sellick, Jamie Ousley, Carol Duboc and Gilad Hekselman.
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Bassist and composer, Jamie Ousley introduces his composing and arranging mastery by collaborating with longtime friends and band mates, Pianist Phil Strange and Drummer Larry Marshall. What we get is “O Sorriso Dela” an example of trio playing at its finest. TOP SHELF!
Trio music is special, like an equilateral triangle, each side support the other two, no one part more important than the other. On this recording, Jamie Ousley delivers great music that needs to be recognized, sought out, and applauded. Jamie Ousley, Thank you for sharing your special gifts.
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By Art Edelstein Arts Correspondent
Montpelier’s gift to jazz piano, Joe Davidian, has matured into a superb musician and composer whose work has already graced several albums. Recently, he was the accompanist to Stowe-based singer Taryn Noelle, but his most recent work is with bassist Jamie Ousley and drummer Austin McMahon. Together, the Joe Davidian Trio has released “Silent Fire,” a fine new jazz recording of mostly original musical along with the Harburg/Arlen classic “Over the Rainbow” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
This CD showcases three up-and-coming jazz musicians whose music is lyrical and accessible. This is not an album of bebop jazz, or experimental atonal music. The rhythms here are relaxed, as Ousley and McMahon maintain a solid but understated attack.
The title track, “Silent Fire,” is a 10-minute exploration of each instrument’s capabilities and here the beat has more of a bounce than on other tracks. Mostly, we have nearly an hour’s worth of lovely piano and sensitive bass and drums.
The trio was formed in Miami in 2003 as an outgrowth of the prestigious University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. The trio members, each with a master’s degree in jazz performance, apparently made an instant musical connection in their approach to playing standards and originals by performing regularly at various Miami venues.
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