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  • SKU: CL052618
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 875531016017
  • Street Date: 03/08/19
  • PreBook Date: 02/01/19
  • Label: Cellar Live »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 65:12 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2018
  • Box Lot: 150
  • Territory: WORLD EX JP
  • Language: English


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Cory Weeds - Live At Frankie's Jazz Club

Cory Weeds teams up with the legendary Harold Mabern & Terell Stafford for a spirited live affair in Vancouver.

Cory Weeds - Live At Frankie
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Alto saxophonist Cory Weeds teams up with the legendary pianist Harold Mabern and trumpeter Terell Stafford for a spirited live affair at his home base, Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, BC.

This particular night was the last of a 5 day tour and the band is firing on all cylinders playing a songs from the Blue Note song book.

Track Listing

  • Bluesanova
  • Mood Malody
  • Gypsy Blue
  • Consequence
  • Fabienne
  • Formidable
  • Up Tight's Creek
  • Tolypso
  • The Three Minros

Sales Points

  • Features the legendary Harold Mabern and renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford
  • First live recording from Vancouver’s Frankie’s Jazz Club
  • A great collection of hard bop anthems from the likes of Jackie McLean, Tina Brooks, Walter Davis Jr. and Mal Waldron

Press Quotes


Hard-bop has proved remarkably resilient, outlasting nearly all of its 1950s-generation innovators and standard-bearers. Perhaps it's simply because hearing a well-constructed, soulful phrase come together never goes out of style. Certainly, the Vancouverite alto saxophonist Cory Weeds seems to have embraced that philosophy.

On Live At Frankie's Jazz Club, Weeds brings in a couple of ringers--trumpeter Terell Stafford and pianist Harold Mabern--to work with his stalwart rhythm section. As expected, they both add splendor to the music. Mabern is exquisite in both his extended intro and bells-like solo on the ballad 'Fabienne'; the technical and imaginative brilliance of Stafford's six blues choruses on Lee Morgan's ''Bluesanova'' is jaw-dropping. But Weeds' hard-bop erudition rivals either of those two, and he's ready for them. Listening to his alto lines come together on 'Mood Malody' or 'Gypsy Blue' brings the pleasure of watching a master sculptor or craftsman at work.

There's a clear chemistry at play in this quintet, apparent in the deep-pocketed 'Formidable' and 'Up Tight's Creek.' On both these hard-chargers, the mutual respect of the three front-liners also is clear: After Weeds finishes on 'Formidable,' Stafford pauses, waiting for applause, then essentially picks up where the saxophonist left off. Weeds, meanwhile, doesn't try to follow the trumpeter's valediction on 'Up Tight's Creek,' instead forging a new beginning, leaving Mabern to bridge the solos with his marvelous ear for detail.

     —Michael J. West, Downbeat Magazine July 2019

The fine alto saxophonist who founded the Vancouver-based Cellar Live family of labels leads the CORY WEEDS QUINTET. This combo is featured on Live at Frankie's Jazz Club. The members include Weeds on alto sax, Terell Stafford on t

     —Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz September 2019


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