'ain't so bad to swing'

Upper-Burrell trombonist Jeff Bush has performed with Homewood's Ahmad Jamal, Jon Hendricks and others. Until this, he hadn't put together his own recording session.

Given his varied connections, you may be surprised and delighted that he follows the friendly flow of mainstream sounds. He has a mellow tone with touches of Jack Teagarden, Vic Dickenson and Bill Harris, and lopes and jumps with fun-damental joy keeping the sextet’s variations concise and lighthearted.

You’ll recognize most of the 11 songs in his CD ain’t so bad to swing; he arranged them and makes no bones about choosing them.

Pianist John Colianni remains fluid and colorful, sometimes providing stride and ragtime sounds. Scott Robinson, also from the Toshiko-Tabackin band, smartly sits in twice—once on clarinet, once on C-melody sax. And British bassist Matt Hughes takes a few solid solos of his own.

Bush, now in his mid-30s, is fond of long-enduring sounds and knows how to swing with taste.

For more info, visit jeffbushmusic.com.


ain’t so bad to swing, Jeff Bush; Beeswax Records CD.