Jerome Sabbagh / Ben Monder / Daniel Humair: I Will Follow You (2010)

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Jerome Sabbagh / Ben Monder / Daniel Humair: I Will Follow You
How do you cook up innovative and inspiring jazz these days? Take a standard quintet and peel away the bassist (time keeper), then eliminate the pianist or chordal steward, and you are left with maybe the purest form of improvisation and interaction: the jazz trio. Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh's trinity, heard on I Will Follow You, includes guitarist Ben Monder
Ben Monder
Ben Monder
b.1962
guitar
and drummer Daniel Humair
Daniel Humair
Daniel Humair
b.1938
.

Sabbagh is a French-born tenor/soprano saxophonist who now lives in Brooklyn. His previous discs—the standards sax/bass/drums trio of One Two Three (Bee Jazz, 2009) and quartet session with Monder, Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007)—have both been well-received, though neither could have forecast the arrival of this commanding session. Maybe it is the lineup here that makes the record: Monder, a perpetually underappreciated Player, has been the choice of saxophonists like Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
b.1966
saxophone
, Bill McHenry
Bill McHenry
Bill McHenry

saxophone
, and Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby

sax, tenor
; likewise, Humair's been recording with Malaby of late, but has accompanied the likes of Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
, Bud Powell
Bud Powell
Bud Powell
1924 - 1966
piano
, and Chet Baker
Chet Baker
Chet Baker
1929 - 1988
trumpet
throughout the decades.

At first blush, the trio recalls Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
's now famous trio with Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
b.1951
guitar
and Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, but after due consideration it becomes clear that they are less polite...and a bit more aggressive. Although Sabbagh composed the bulk of the music heard, six of the thirteen tracks are purely improvised. Recorded with no rehearsals, the disc has a spontaneous nature, even the sole standard, "I Should Care." Sabbagh leaves space for the session to break into duos, and some inspiring solos. The title track is a great example of the swinging open nature of this session, with Humair's ceaseless energy of stick and brushwork underlying Sabbagh's probing tenor and the distortion-laden Monder. Sabbagh leaves space for time to become fluid on "The Clown," a note-chasing track that finds Monder in pursuit of Sabbagh's horn. Elsewhere, Monder is given free reign, shredding "Rahaan" and "Saloon" with rock attitude, while Humair is content to march behind, as Sabbagh whistles a happy tune on his soprano.

When things do calm, the sound is no less satisfying, as "Haiku" and "Apaisé" drift along, with dreamy tones, and poetic and elegant flair.

I Will Follow You is a complete recording.

Track Listing: I Will Follow You; Monolith; The Clown; Comptine; Come With Me; More; La Fée Morgane; Saloon; Apaisé; Rahan; Haiku; We Play, The You Play; I Should Care.

Personnel: Jerome Sabbagh: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ben Monder: guitar; Daniel Humair: drums.

Record Label: Bee Jazz


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