. His debut as a leader, Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1, is a straight-ahead collection of seven covers from the bebop/hard bop era, along with one original from the leader and one from saxophonist Joe Sucato
. Abadie and his group demonstrate a great deal of potential on this startup effort.
That Abadie self-identifies with the masters of a bygone era, will be no surprise when hearing these highly structured pieces that subscribe to a somewhat collective group sound, augmented by a repeated pattern of soloing. Abadie, Sucato and pianist Jon Lefcoski take a rotational approach to their solo time, occasionally mixing the order of appearance but always following a formula. Bassist Jason Stewart and drummer Luca Santaniello
provide distinctive rhythmic textures while effectively guiding frequent shifts in tempo.
While up-tempo pieces dominate the collection, the quintet takes a couple of leisurely detours. Abadie resurrects the aged "Funny (Not Much)" as an appropriately slow tempo balladthe first time in the set that the pace takes a much-needed breather. Opening with successive solos from Lefcoski and Abadie, the piece slowly drifts into a Sucato solo that allows him to express longer, more fluid lines. While there is enough innovative playing to give the song a fresh identity, it remains a nostalgic treatment. The other down tempo tune is Kenny Dorham
covers on Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1, each a fast-paced and true-to-form interpretation of the original. The first of these, "Pyramid," features an almost subliminal Latin rhythm similar to the inflections that were common to the period music of Dizzy Gillespie