Jodie Christian - Rain or Shine

Jodie Christian - Rain or Shine
Recording Date: May 29, 1991 - December 15, 1993
Artist: Jodie Christian
Duration: 01:04:35
Release Date: 1994
Album: Rain or Shine
Styles: Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Recording Location: Riverside Studio, Chicago, IL
Genre: Jazz

This set by Chicago pianist Jodie Christian has both strong and weak moments. Easily the low point is the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Roscoe Mitchell's playing on oboe during "Song for Atala" (way out-of-tune) although his work on soprano ("Coltrane's View") and alto ("Mr. Freddie") is better. Christian has a couple trio numbers ("Yardbird Suite" and "Come Rain or Come Shine") with Francine Griffin's so-so vocals. Several tunes feature altoist Art Porter, who would make a name for himself as a crossover saxophonist before his untimely death; Porter shows how strong a jazz player he could be. Christian's versatility is displayed during this wide-ranging set and most of the selections work quite well.

Let's Try / Tom McIntoshJodie Christian6:42
Song for Atala / Roscoe MitchellJodie Christian8:03
Ballad Medley: My Foolish Heart/Polka Dots & Moonbeams/A ... / Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen / Eric Maschwitz / Ned Washington / Victor YoungJodie Christian11:22
Yardbird Suite / Charlie ParkerJodie Christian3:53
Coltrane's View / Jodie ChristianJodie Christian10:06
Mr. Freddie / Roscoe MitchellJodie Christian5:30
Chromatically Speaking / Jodie ChristianJodie Christian6:07
Come Rain or Come Shine / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerJodie Christian4:21
Cherokee / Ray NobleJodie Christian7:59

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