South Florida bassist Jamie Ousley releases CD

By: Bill Meredith
The Palm Beach Post

Acoustic bassist Jamie Ousley ( blends his Tennessee origins, jazz training, and years of area Latin influence on his debut CD Back Home (Tie Records). The Hallandale Beach resident enlists his trio mates Phillip Strange (piano) and Larry Marshall (drums), plus iconic multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, saxophonist Ed Calle, percussionist Carlomagno Araya, multi-string player Jhonny Mendoza and different vocalists to create a classic.

The bassist’s compositions stand out, even among standards by Rodgers and Hammerstein (My Favorite Things, which features banner alto flute work by Sullivan) and Chopin (Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2, on which Araya provides tasteful percussive shading). Ousley’s A Tune, Sir? opens the disc energetically be showcasing the 79-year-old Sullivan’s ageless flugelhorn technique; Nashvillation puts the spotlight on Strange’s fleet fingers, and This Is It! again points out Sullivan’s mastery, this time on soprano saxophone.

Intermittent vocal ballads provide pacing and contrast. So Long, an ode to deceased uncle Lea Ousley, features soulful singing by LeNard Rutledge, and the poignant title track (reprised as an ending instrumental bonus track with Calle) the smoky voice of local duo partner SAMM (Sharon Ann-Marie Mapp).

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