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3Play+: American Waltz (2009)

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3Play+: American Waltz The cleverly titled American Waltz might deserve a more fitting inscription as American Quilt," because woven into the admirably crafted compositions of leader/pianist Josh Rosen are all the elements that are American music.

Rosen, a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, lists Bob Moses

Bob Moses
Bob Moses
b.1948
drums
, Bennie Wallace
Bennie Wallace
Bennie Wallace
b.1946
sax, tenor
, and }}George Schuller}} as performance partners. Besides projects with Ethiopian master musician Mulatu Astake, Stan Strickland, Dave Fox's Adventures In Sound, Bangalore and The Infinite Ensemble, he toured with Ethiopiques and the Either/Orchestra
Either/Orchestra
Either/Orchestra
b.1985
band/orchestra
in 2008.

3 Play+'s cofounder is bassist Lello Molinari

Lello Molinari
b.1962
bass, acoustic
, another professor at Berklee. The band's progression has led to the current lineup that includes drummer Marcello Pellitteri and trumpeter Phil Grenadier
Phil Grenadier
Phil Grenadier

trumpet
.

The disc opens with the Copland-esque title track, featuring guest guitarist Mick Goodrick

Mick Goodrick
Mick Goodrick
b.1945
guitar, electric
's folky sound. When Grenadier steps up for his part, the Americana is fully revealed. This sweet track could easily be identified as a Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
b.1951
guitar
/Ron Miles
Ron Miles
Ron Miles

trumpet
collaboration. That feeling is the bookend to the electric-Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
jam of "Bulletrain," a 20 minute-plus workout that moves from freak-out to blues groove, with Goodrick playing host to the overtly casual grooves cut by Grenadier.

In between, the band delivers more tasty American music, such as the Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
tribute "Buttah," with tenor saxophonist George Garzone
George Garzone
George Garzone
b.1950
sax, tenor
sizzling through with his signature sound. There is a soft ballad, "How Do I Know What I Don't Know?," and a skittering stop/start chase "Be A Battery." Rosen features Molinari and Grenadier on "Happy Cramping," as they chase each other's tails, trading energy through musical gymnastics.

Throughout American Waltz, the compositions and playing are nicely balanced to allow for each to share the spotlight.


Track Listing: American Waltz: Buttah; Happy Cramping; How Do I Know What I Don

Personnel: Phil Grenadier: trumpet; Josh Rosen: piano; Lello Molinari: bass; Marcello Pellitteri: drums; Mick Goodrick: guitar; George Garzone: tenor saxophone.

Record Label: Ziggle Zaggle Music

Style: Modern Jazz


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