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Boycott!

Local CD Review

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Boycott!

You could pay $35 to see this crap when Montgomery Gentry comes to town this Friday, or you could head over to The Basement Gallery in the Old City around 7 p.m. to see the Postmodern Tourists for free. We think the latter will be a better use of your First Friday. As for the remainder of Boomsday’s three-day run, cover your ears, live it up, and be sure to catch the lineup of local bands threaded throughout the weekend.

Local CD Review

That’s Wendel Werner , UT’s director of jazz choirs, who was named “Composer of the Year” by the Tennessee Piano Teachers Association.

At age 11, the time most boys were climbing from trees and playing truth and dare, he developed a love for the piano. Today, the composer, director, recording artist, teacher and performer is releasing his fifth album, One Sitting . After listening to Werner’s eight tracks, it makes you wonder. Where’s the rest? We want more! You can hear the words, the unspoken utterances being woven into his music.

If buoyant is what Werner’s going for, the track “6 a.m.” nails it, showcasing a little Duke Ellington dexterity, with some of Fats Wilder ’s stride style thrown in for good measure—you can hear that left hand dancing on the low keys. Not all of us are so happy-go-lucky at 6 o’clock in the morning, but Werner makes you want to be.

If you’re looking for a Sunday stroll song, “Ain-a That Good News” is it. But if you’re not into jazz with such bubbly personality, he also contributes several slow songs like “Concoro,” a polished tune. Imagine drinking a classic martini with it, and you’ve set the pace.

All of Werner’s songs are filled with personality. “The First Tango” teases the listener as the music tiptoes through the speakers. “The Gospel According to Zeena” reminds us of stars dancing. Think Disney’s Fantasia .

One Sitting is for sophisticated jazz cats, those who know the history behind the sound. If he can awaken the spirit of jazz in his students in one sitting, then just one listening is all it takes to become a Werner fan.

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