The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet: Tunnel Vision (2003)
However, by featuring improvised solos throughout, Cifelli achieves the goal of every bandleader: get it right, but let it swing. Both individual and ensemble positions fare well. The leader takes frequent solos, as do tenor saxophone, guitar, trombone, alto sax, baritone sax, drums, and upright bass. Cifelli’s title track seems to inherit the impressions of driving in New York without getting all wrapped up in rush hour traffic. Like “Milestones,” the piece takes you on a long drive past cool landscapes over hot pavement. Solos from Cifelli, Lyons, Frahm and Horner pass the baton from one to the next. The end of the tunnel looms ahead, however, and each soloist trades fours in encouragement. They reach their destination as the sun sets, and Cifelli offers a solemn “Prayer” with pure, baroque harmonic support from his nonet. Highly recommended. Check out audio samples at www.jazznonet.com .
Track Listing: Go; Something She Said; Fee Fi Fo Fum/Speak No Evil; Cajun Conniption; Cambio de Corazone; What Is This Thing Called Love?; Tunnel Vision; Prayer.
Personnel: Jim Cifelli, Andy Gravish- trumpet, flugelhorn; Pete McGuinness- trombone; Cliff Lyons- alto saxophone, soprano saxophone; Joel Frahm- tenor saxophone; Barbara Cifelli- baritone saxophone, C flute, alto flute, bass clarinet; Pete McCann- guitar; Mary Ann McSweeney- bass; Tim Horner- drums.
Record Label: Short Notice Music