The Lynn Seaton Trio
The Lynn Seaton Trio
Lynn Seaton has had a stellar career as a jazz bassist. Born in Oklahoma in 1957, he started playing the bass at age 9. By the late 70's he was performing around the state. From 1980 until 1984 he was the house bassist at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati, accompanying big name guest soloists every week. In 1984, he joined Woody Herman and in 1985 he played with the Count Basie Orchestra. After a two-year engagement with the Basie Band, he did extended tours with Tony Bennett and George Shearing. Most of 1991 and 1992 was spent touring with Monty Alexander. Lynn spent a lot of time on the road as a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio from 1995-1999. Since 1993, Lynn has also had a busy career free-lancing with many of the great jazz musicians from many generations, including: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Monty Alexander, Ernestine Anderson, Buck Clayton, Al Cohn, Kenny Drew Jr., Blossom Dearie, Bob Dorough, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Herb Ellis, John Fedchock, Frank Foster, Freddy Green, Tim Hagans, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Wynard Harper, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Marian McPartland, Jay McShann, Mark Murphy, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Raney, Emily Remler, Diane Schuur, Maria Schneider, Bud Shank, Carol Sloane, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Maxine Sullivan, Mel Torme, Frank Wess, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Steve Wilson, Mark Vinci, and Teddy Wilson. He lived in NY from 1986 until 1998. That year, he accepted an offer to teach at the world famous University of North Texas, home to one of the largest jazz programs in the world. He has performed at festivals world wide including Bern, Concord, JVC, Kool, Kyoto, Newport, North Sea, Perugia and Pori. Lynn has performed in 49 of the 50 United States and 35 foreign countries. He has performed on over 100 recordings, including the Grammy winning "Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra", and two Grammy nominees, John Fedchock "No Nonsense" and Woody Herman "50th Anniversary". He has three recordings as a leader, "Bassman's Basement", "Solo Flights", and "Puttin' on the Ritz".
Quotes about Lynn Seaton:
Lynn Seaton has “a spirit of bold experimentation while still embracing the Old School.
Bill Milkowski, Jazz Critic
“Seaton lays down an imposing walking groove…and demonstrates sublime lyricism”
Bass Player Magazine
“Seaton is a bass player with a technique beyond imagining – his hand slides up and down the neck of the bass with the speed of the darting tongue of a cobra, his fingers dance on the strings ala Fred Astaire, and the notes come bursting forth.”
Sid Weinberg, Blue Notes Jazz Letter
Milt Hinton’s Five Favorite Bassists…
“Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Rufus Reid, Lynn Seaton, and Christian McBride.
New York Times
“Lynn is an excellent player, inspiring clinician, outstanding teacher and one of the finest musicians presently preserving the music through education”
“An imaginative and deft soloist, he draws a remarkable wealth of sonorities from his instrument. Seaton is particularly fond of playing with the bow, which he masters with great virtuosity. Regardless of the tempo, his music radiates exquisite swing.”
Aleardo Buzzi, Claves Jazz
“One of the best clinicians I’ve seen is Lynn Seaton”
“Lynn Seaton is an outstanding musician who has provided our students with meaningful instruction during our jazz residency.”
Rob Ratner, Director of Performing and Fine Arts, Mineola, NY Schools
“His sound is like that of the fine orchestral bassist, for he has developed his Arco technique to the level of his formidable pizzicato…Lynn Seaton has effectively established his own voice in current jazz music.”
Matthew Hughes, International Society of Bassists Magazine
Lynn Seaton Trio: Puttin' on the Ritz
The legend goes that Dizzy Gillespie once said "It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play." This quote came to mind while listening to Lynn Seaton's brilliant Puttin' on the Ritz, where careful choices create one of the tightest and most swinging trios around. There's no fluff or filler here and no ego parades: just crisp, tasty jazz where the arrangements are both lean and expressive. It's no surprise that Seaton's impressive resume includes a stint with the Basie band—there's something of Basie's purity here, where nothing gets in the way of the swing.
The CD hits the ground running with "Bernie's Tune," which sets the tone of superb musicianship, warmed with humor. One example is Seaton's primal scatting on "Moanin'," which brings a smile as well as additional respect for his versatility. "Mood Indigo" is taken at a luxurious, stretching-cat tempo with a dollop of sly humor, the title track is alternately serious and whimsical as it races along (love Joel Fountain's commentary), and even "Gone with the Wind" is painted in lighter colors after Stephen Anderson's intriguing reharmonization.
One of Milt Hinton's five favorite bassists, Seaton's formidable gifts are always in evidence without dominating the music. He's created a seamless trio with superb chops and giant ears which tackles his creative arrangements with imagination and glee. For example, in "Nature Boy," the dynamics build and calm the tune with a near-organic inevitability. This group also liberates the spare, beautiful melody of "Londonderry Aire" from its often gooey sentimentality when sung as "Danny Boy." The session comes to a jubilant end with "Back Home in Indiana," leaving this listener wanting more.
Puttin' on the Ritz delivers its textured program with warmth, wit and soul, and also swings from beginning to end. It's a rare and happy combination. Highly recommended.