Published since 2005
Bridget A. Arnwine is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association.
On "Leeway," percussionist Derek Rolando pairs with Olmos and Cohen to deliver a spirited performance of Latin grooves that swings so hard it could move a mountain. "Caragua," another Latin-tinged selection, features solid piano and percussion contributions from David K. Mathews and Michael Spiro respectively. "Flower in the Rain" is a beautiful ballad that borrows a bit from Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," with Cohen delivering his most beautiful solo work of the disc. And on "Romessa," a song Graf describes as a Latin march, Olmos and Mathews play together beautifully, making it the best song on the recording.
Grafitti is a solid recording; Graf's songwriting is quality stuff and shines in the hands of his supporting cast. With songwriting like this in his repertoire, Graf demonstrates a versatility that should keep him around for a very long time. For a man whose songs have been turned down by A&R heads because his songs weren't "commercial" enough, one listen to Grafitti is evidence enough that Graf is on the right track.
Track Listing: Apropo; Leeway; The Godown; Carugua; BL&T; Flower in the Rain; Coffee & Donuts; Walls; Romessa
Personnel: David K. Mathews: piano; Paul van Wageningen: drums; Marc van Wageningen: bass; John Wiitala: bass; Mike Olmos: trumpet; Joe Cohen: saxophone; Michael Spiro: percussion (4); Ray Obiedo: guitar; Derek Rolando: percussion (2)
Record Label: Tom Graf Borrowed Time Music
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