The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet: Tunnel Vision (2003)
And now for the revelatory times when the nonet kicks in and whips attention. “Go,” a bright, breezy tune, swings right from the start. The soloists are in their element with a particularly nice turn from McCann. Bringing in the guitar here was inspirational. “Prayer” is a meditative piece; Jim Cifelli’s linear movements nestle becomingly against the other horns and when he is on his own the effect is stunning. That the arrangement does not go out on a limb for the Wayne Shorter medley does not detract from the fact that there is fluidity in the approach, more so when the soloists are on. Frahm twists and turns, his tenor having enough bite and snap to invigorate the atmosphere. All said and done, this has more on the plate than under the table.
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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
Record Label: Short Notice Music