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At best, the Jordan Young Group cooks like one of those hard bop organ-led outfits of the 1960s. At worst it PiNGs. The "PiNGs" are short clips from a long improvisation, credited on the sleeve as a composition by its initiator, organist Brian Charette
, who calls it "a song with no consequences." Young says, "I felt a strong sense that there were different sections to it, and had the idea to break it up into four interlude-like sections."
The problem is that the "PiNGs" break the flow, becoming mightily tiresome on repeated listening. Without them, the Jordan Young Group's debut disk would have been something of a mini-landmark. Even with them, the album is still very good, and holds out the promise of greater things to come, once it is realized that "PiNGs" ain't what they used to be.
Young, a 32 year-old drummer from Detroit who is now based in Brooklyn, New York, started playing at the age of 10, influenced by his mother's record collection. After listening to Art Blakey
's "Jean de Fleur" features a long, probing solo from Silberstein, and is followed by Young's own "Claudes Monet"a tribute to the drummer's late father-in-law, whose name was Claude and was an artist and fan of the French Impressionist painter.
's "Afro-Centric," one of the standout tracks, which is primarily a vehicle for Sucato and Silberstein, deftly underpinned by Charette, before the organist takes off on a highly inventive solo of his own. Sucato's "JF Blues" is another standout, despite one rather irritating bit of note-holding by Charette. It's reminiscent of the good old days of Jimmy Smith
's "Angola" is a blowing vehicle for all concerned, including Young, who otherwise respects the solo limitations of his chosen instrument. The disk comes to a conclusion with the fourth and longest "PiNGs," of which the least said, the better.
Track Listing: H and H; Every Time We Say Goodbye; PiNGs 1; Jean de Fleur; Claudes
Monet; PiNGs 2; Afro-Centric; JF Blues; PiNGs 3; My One And Only Love;
Angola; PiNGs 4.
Personnel: Joe Sucato: tenor sax; Brian Charette: organ; Yotam Silberstein: guitar;
Jordan Young, drums.