Tom DeSteno & Bob Magnuson Quartet: Ready for Action (2002)
But just who the hell are these guys anyway? There’s something to be said about a group’s obscurity when the highest profile member is the ever prolific, but grossly underappreciated Dominic Duval. Even rabid followers of creative improvised music can be forgiven for exhibiting blank stares at the mention of the joint leaders’ names. Truth told the pair have been working together for some time in a professional relationship that has thus far yielded four slices of recorded music. William Gagliardi, whose inaugural release this year also on CIMP was an early and well-deserving contender for critical accolades, steps up to the mic as the heavy horn to Magnuson’s straight one. The contrast in sounds is at once striking and supremely effective. “East Side” is as good an example as any where Gagliardi’s vibrato-soaked alto wraps around the ruddy register depths of Magnuson’s equally pathos-charged baritone. Jemeel Moondoc’s influence is gorgeously present in the former’s exhortations. The artist’s notes, a customary feather in the cap of all CIMP releases, are thick with testosterone and bravura. These fellows are keenly aware of their collective chops and chomping at the collective bit to exercise them.
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Track Listing: She’s Gone/ Fren Z/ East Side/ Dreaming Ghosts/ Open for Grabs/ Ships/ Winken/ Stormwatch.
Personnel: Tom DeSteno- drums; Bob Magnuson- tenor & baritone saxophones, wind synth; William Gagliardi- tenor & alto saxophones; Dominic Duval- bass. Recorded: August 27 & 28, 2001.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz