Get Your Kicks Out Of Hot Rhythm Junction
Benny Waters? No! Muddy Waters? Not at all! MONTY WATERS is the guy nowadays!
Monty Waters’ third album for Tutu Records is about his predisposition as a jazz musician for Rhythm ‘n’ Blues! “As a youngster, I got my kicks out of Route 66″, says Monty. The heroes and rôle models of his teens were Nat ‘King’ Cole or Louis Jordan. But don’t worry - as far as the new traditionalists are concerned, it’s not about remakes or the revoking of old hat, but rather that Monty plays the street music of the forties with the conscious awareness of the development of jazz during the sixties and the seventies - a child of these times. Only the verses - his poems - have remained the same timeless stories about love, our daily bread and dreams, the brittle directness of which are reminiscent of that black H.Miller, James Baldwin - sensuous and bitter sweet.
The pleasure, the carefree - and also the matter-of-course way - in which Monty Waters melts together the diverse elements of black American music into an idiosyncratic mixture is really phenomenal and deserves the keenest attention. And a most essential thing - something that often gets neglected, in the jazz of our times: entertainment stands side by side with and is as important as artistic standards. The famous drummer Billy Higgins said of Monty Waters: “In his authentic phrases, Monty is able to create those brief moments in which it seems … Jazz could inherit the earth!”
His two mates and players in the rhythm section have understood exactly what he wants; that’s why he likes to classify them as “the love generation” - i.e. his own generation; Paulo Cardoso from the Land of Love, Brazil, might have come from Houston, Texas, with his powerful sound - without his Brazilian ardour taking second place. Tom Nicholas from the city of “brotherly love” - Philadelphia - makes the African congas swing - as none other can!