Sonny Simmons - Michael Marcus - Curtis Lundy - Jay Rosen: The Cosmosamatics II (2002)
Drummer Jay Rosen’s rumbling tom work rides atop bassist Curtis Lundy’s booming ostinato during the jazz waltz etude on “Daughter of Isis.” Here, Marcus overlays bass clarinet and soprano sax lines during a piece featuring Middle Eastern type overtures. Moreover, the saxophonists render a vivacious tribute to the late Eric Dolphy on the aptly titled “Echoes of Eric Dolphy.”
The quartet explores Brazilian motifs and stark soundscapes throughout, while also injecting subliminal doses of romanticism in spots. “Cosmic Curtis” is marked by Simmons’ extended soloing to complement a rather leisurely yet altogether compelling motif. Overall, this is a sound effort, yet perhaps not as persuasive or commanding as the band’s 2001 production.
Track Listing: 1.Fusionanatomy 2.Daughter of ISIS 3.Echoes of Eric Dolphy 4.Queen Bee 5.Rio Bahia 6.Cosmic Curtis
Personnel: Sonny Simmons: alto sax, English horn
Record Label: Boxholder Records
Style: Modern Jazz