Sonic Explorers: So Far, So Near (2003)
That’s quite a load.
All the elements, of course, are there if you’re willing to let your mind roam a bit. The band’s web site also includes audio samples from each piece on the album. “Balkalla” has an exotic flavor akin to “Caravan.” “Advansor” wails in a popular Sci-Fi vein. Bassist Thomson Kneeland steers the third piece along beautiful arco lines; then, trombonist Rich Ardizzone and baritone saxophonist Mark Weisman steal the show on “Still Night Everywhere Reigning.” It’s a lovely piece that dishes out straight-ahead jazz in liberal doses. There’s much more.
Each of the artists displays impeccable mastery of his instrument. Sabatini’s feature on “Geraldo’s Hideaway” sums it all up. The band has taken its lead from the music of Duke Ellington and forged ahead. Passion and individual expression get their due. Several pieces produce images of distant lands and cross-cultural ties.
The music of Jerry Sabatini and the Sonic Explorers comes highly recommended. So Far, So Near is a can’t-miss opportunity.
Track Listing: Balkalla; Advansor; Negative Space; Still Night Everywhere Reigning; Geraldo
Personnel: Jerry Sabatini- trumpet, flugelhorn; Rich Ardizzone- trombone; Mark Weisman- alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone; Jason Hunter- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Nate Radley- guitar, electronics; Thomson Kneeland- double bass, electronics; Mike Connors- drums, percussion; James Falzone- clarinet on
Record Label: Nada Brahma