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Citizen Tain
Jeff Tain Watts
Citizen Tain
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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The breakout album for Wynton Marsalis in 1985 was Black Codes (From the Underground), and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts's furious and finnessed volcanic drumming helped define it as a classic. Playing with Branford Marsalis t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jeff Tain Watts
Title: Citizen Tain
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 8/17/1999
Release Date: 8/17/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074646955123

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The breakout album for Wynton Marsalis in 1985 was Black Codes (From the Underground), and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts's furious and finnessed volcanic drumming helped define it as a classic. Playing with Branford Marsalis through numerous recordings and The Tonight Show further spotlighted Watts's talents. Which brings us to this major-label debut, which reunites the spirit of the Black Codes ensemble, teaming the Marsalis brothers, the late pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Reginald Veal, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, and alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Watts is one of the few drummers who took Elvin Jones's concepts and made his own statements with them. Watts not only plays the drums but inspires the rhythmic impetus in his fellow bandmates, as evidenced by the mercurial improvisations from Wynton and Branford on the neo-classic "The Impaler" and the Latinesque "Why Koln?" Thelonious Monk's sidestepping soft-shoe rhythms are the main course on "Muphkin Man," courtesy of Kirkland's sanctified pianisms, and "Attainment" sounds like it was the missing track from John Coltrane's classic Love Supreme album. Watts's cymbal shimmers radiate on the plaintive lullaby waltz "Pools of Amber," and Watts brings the turbulent '60s from his drum kit to your eardrums on the "Destruction & Rebirth Suite." "Blutain Jr." is a blues that rolls with a catchy, hot-potato melody that is augmented on "Blutain's Big Adventure." Throughout the recording Watts maintains the high level of restraint and creativity that makes him the celebrated musician that he is. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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On my 2000 "Best List"
Mark Turner | United States | 04/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having purchased this cd a few weeks ago, I must state that this is a fantastic cd. Jeff Tain is a superb drummer and his choices on this recording are excellent. All artists display excellent musicianship. There's a special and sad sentiment to the late great Kenny Kirkland. His playing is outstanding. This cd grooves, moves, and inspires. This is what true jazz is all about."
Great debut from a seasoned drummer
p dizzle | augusta, georgia, USA | 12/14/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"it seems funny that jeff "tain" watts is releasing a debut, he's been on the scene for years. this album contains all the elements that have made him an in demand drummer for some of the giants (betty carter, for instance)and a regular with the brothers marsalis. tain knows how to swing, both subtly and hard. his burnouts are incredible as he somehow stays within the groove even when it becomes free. but he can also use the brushes on ballads to create one of those misty blue midnight hours. this is a very satisfying album."
A real discovery
bencharif | Staten Island, NY United States | 10/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard Jeff Tain Watts on Branford Marsalis's "Footsteps of Our Fathers" CD. His playing was a standout; crisp, multidimensional, intelligent. And so I bought this debut CD, recorded about four years ago.I find myself returning to "Citizen Tain" again and again, playing it in my office, playing it on the street. It's that rich, that varied. Smart and tight, languid, romantic, introspective, impassioned. And sounding so easy, so inevitable, like the sun rising in the East. Each time I listen, I find something I hadn't quite gotten before.I feel fortunate to have discovered "Citizen Tain.""