‘Everyday Shredder’ is the Perfect Title for New Naughty Professor EP
Nine years. Nine years that these six fabulous musicians have been doing their thing, what they call “Future Funk // Jazz.” Which is entirely correct, because, from the first moment we heard Naughty Professor, we recognized that they have one collective foot firmly in the tradition and the other squarely in the future. Listening to Naughty Professor is an opportunity to time-travel through the history of jazz, especially the musical roots of New Orleans.
Naughty Professor are: Bill Daniel, guitar; Noah Young, bass; Sam Shahin, drums; Nick Ellman, alto, baritone saxophones; Ian Bowman, tenor saxophone; and John Culbreth, trumpet.
Last evening (Friday, November 8), was the band’s first of two nights at Maple Leaf Bar celebrating the release Friday of the band’s electrifying new EP Everyday Shredder. Skerik will be the band’s featured guest tonight.
Then the boys head back to Spain for six November dates, including the Lugo and Lleida Jazz Fests. They have played lots of international dates the past few years.
In March, they will join Galactic on their 25th anniversary tour featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph. NP will join them for four March dates, two in Missouri and two in Colorado.
The new EP is a masterpiece. Featured, as always, are the superb unison, harmony, and individual efforts of Nick Ellman, Ian Bowman, and John Culbreth. Also featured is the outstanding string-bending of Wild Bill Daniel, the deep bass foundation of Noah Young, and the positively brilliant work of Sam Shahin on drums.
“Pleiades” floats on top of Shahin’s work on cymbals and drum rims, really marvelous. The horn fanfare is indicative of what you hear throughout the EP. Bowman on tenor and Ellman on baritone trade back and forth before a fine trumpet solo from Culbreth. This tune is just so uptempo!
Young’s bass and Ellman’s baritone introduce “3 Wise Men” at a pace, and Wild Bill Daniel turns in a fine guitar performance with plenty of wah-wah, Shahin again working the rims. And Young’s space bass rumbles underneath
“Masenko” opens with guitar and echoed horns. The unison playing here is again superb.
There is a different approach to “Oroku Saki” initially, with a soft guitar intro. The horns in particular have been mining the same territory Snarky Puppy does; in that respect the bands are quite similar. Ellman has a nice alto solo.
“Fiends” returns to the powerhouse approach. Guitar and syncopation drive the song until they speed-shift up a gear or two while Daniel solos, then shift back down for a mellow section highlighting Young before a final shift features Bowman with a scorching tenor solo.
Everyday Shredder? You’re damn right!
EVERYDAY SHREDDER Night 2
11/09 Maple Leaf Bar | New Orleans LA w/ Skerik
NOVEMBER SPAIN TOUR
11/16 Lugo Jazz Festival | Lugo ESP
11/17 Cafe Blues La Alquitara | Bejar ESP
11/20 Little Bobby | Santander ESP
11/21 Ciclo Jazz Guadalajara | Guadalajara ESP
11/22 Sala Clamores | Madrid ESP
11/23 Lleida Jazz Fest | Lleida ESP
GALACTIC’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph
03/12 Delmar Hall | St. Louis MO
03/13 Knuckleheads Saloon | Kansas City MO
03/14 Washington’s FoCo | Fort Collins CO
03/15 Center for the Arts Crested Butte | Crested Butte CO