Ari Hoenig: The Painter (2004)
Consisting of six original tunes and two standards, The Painter was recorded live at Fat Cat in New York last September and successfully captures the remarkable energy and highly developed rapport shared by bandmates Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc (piano), Jacques Schwartz-Bart (tenor sax), and Matt Penman (bass). The album opens with an inventive rendition of Monk’s “I Mean You,” before turning to the six Hoenig pieces. The leader contributes a continuously inventive stream of rhythmic ideas throughout, mixing bravura displays with nuanced support of the band.
Highlights include the elaborate title track, which showcases Hoenig’s ability to combine sticks and brushes to extract an incredible range of sounds from his set; the introspective “Remembering”; Jacques-Schwartz-Bart’s intensely personal performance on his co-authored “Condemnation”; and an unusual, poignant arrangement of “Summertime.”
An album of exceptional quality performed by a close-knit group of phenomenally talented, deeply passionate musicians, The Painter is a must. See them live to experience the intensity, listen at home to discover the subtlety.
Track Listing: 1. I Mean You 2. The Painter 3. For Tracy 4. Condemnation 5. Remembering 6. Birdless 7. Pilc-ing Around 8. Summertime
Personnel: Ari Hoenig: Drums; Jean-Michel Pilc:Piano; Matt Penman: Bass; Jacques Schwartz-Bart: Tenor Sax.
Record Label: Smalls Records
Style: Modern Jazz