Issue April 23, 2013

Samuel Street Songs

Bobby Falk
SELF-RELEASED

Drummer Bobby Falk’s second album showcases his playing, writing and arranging, with support from Luke Barker and Graeme Gardiner (saxophones), Kris Eans (trumpet/flugelhorn), John Arstingstall (guitar), Wade Honey (keys) and Lee Puckett (bass). His versions of Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne,” Pat Metheny’s “James,” and Dave Matthews’ “Crash Into Me” provide entry points for newcomers, balancing respect for the originals with fresh twists. The title track is a gently swaying homage to Falk’s Germantown home. “Jobim’s Dream” offers Brazilian rhythms with mainstream jazz playing. “Spreading the Gospel” is good old-fashioned hard bop, with soulful playing. Falk revisits two from his first album, including both new studio and live versions of title track “Turning the Tables,” encapsulating the musician’s quest for rediscovery. Those fearful of drum excess needn’t worry; Falk tastefully pushes and supports his musicians without showing off.