Deardorf/Peterson Group featuring George Cables: Portal (2004)
"Rhythm Tune" showcases drummer John Bishop's complex and engaging percussion work; and I must admit it took a couple of spins of the disc to appreciate his stuff. He rides with the flow and doesn't call attention to himself, with a busy style that weaves all manner of textures behind the soundscape. The more I listen to other Origin discs on which he plays ( Brent Jensen/Rob Walker Quintet with New Stories ), the more apparent the importance his contribution to the group sound becomes.
With the exception of "Mr. Schmeil," a two minute bass solo by Deardorf, and the closer, Wayne Shorter's "Ana Maria," the tunes are all Dave Peterson originals, full of sharp gleaming edges and shining facets and neat grooves, catchy, stick-in-the-head melodies, and a very accessible sound that reveals deeper complexities on multiple listens. It's a great group sound that rewards separate spins just to listen to each member's individual contribution.
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Track Listing: Portal, Rhythm Tune, Crazy Heart, Mr. Schmeil, That's the Deal, Blues for Dave, Invitation, Song for LeeThe Last Minute, Ana Maria
Personnel: Dave Peterson--guitar; Chuck Deardorf--bass; Hans Teuber--saxophones; George Cabls--piano and electric piano; John bishop--drums; Michael Spiro--percussion on #2 & #5