There is nothing as soul cleansing as bebop. Period. When you couple the music with the sunshine of Los Angeles (OK, when the smog has cleared) there is a medicinal, tonic effect to be had. Enter L.A. session saxophonist Doug Webb, a contributor to film and television, and member of big bands led by Bill Holman, Doc Severinsen, and Don Menza. Fast Friends is his eighth release for Positone. His previous disc, Bright Side (2016) featured trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, guitarist Ed Cherry and organist Brian Charette. Before that there were sessions with saxophonists Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm, and Stanley Clarke, Larry Goldings, and Rudy Royston, to name just a few. The above names attest to the attraction Webb's sound and sessions produce.
Since this recording emanates from California—Pasadena, to be exact—you might suppose the traditional West Coast Coolness. That's not what you get. Think Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Buddy Collette, and Frank Morgan, all under the influence of Charlie Parker's 1947 California road trip as a reference for Webb's music. The saxophonist power-washes several standards and some original music with the help of trombonist Michael Dease, pianist Mitchel Forman, bassist Chris Colangelo and legendary drummer Roy McCurdy.
DOUG WEBB, Sax MICHAEL DEASE, Trombone MITCHEL FORMAN, Piano CHRIS COLANGELO, Bass ROY McCURDY, Drums
TRACKLISTING: 1. LAST TRAIN TO GEORGIA 2. FRIENDS AGAIN 3. HIGH GROOVE, LOW FEEDBACK 4. SURFING THE WEBB 5. AH-LEU-CHA 6. DEASE THINGS 7. DREAM STEPPER 8. A NIGHT IN TUNISIA; 9. DOG DOUG 10. THE THINGS WE DID LAST SUMMER 11. NOPOLO