Perry Conticchio: Speak Your Truth (2005)
After an education at Miami University of Ohio and Berklee College of Music, the Washington DC-based saxophonist has been playing professionally along the East Coast for thirty years with his quartet, while contributing to projects with many area bands, including the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra and the jazz/funk trio Basement Breaks.
The rhythm section on Speak Your Truth, guitarist Rodney Richardson, bassist Andrew Elliot Cox, and drummer Lawrence "Bubbles" Dean, plays it crisp and tight behind the leader's freewheeling approach on eight strong Conticchio originals, along with the Vernon Duke/Ira Gershwin gem "I Can't Get Started" and a Sam Rivers selection, "Fuschia Swing Song," that features some of Conticchio's most searing tenor sax work on the disc. The set features the leader mixing up the sound with a full-bodied, Sidney Bechet-like soprano sax sound on a couple of cuts, and he brings in a couple of gueststrumpeter Joseph Brotherton and pianist Wayne Wilentzon a couple of tunes apiece.
A fine set of straight-ahead sounds by a top level band.
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Track Listing: Speak Your Truth, Hyperbole, Midnight Rain, PD's Blues, November, Blues for Dave, Askold's Waltz, Samba Stephanie, Magic Mirror, I Can't Get Started, Fuschia Swing Song, Robertson Mountain
Personnel: Perry Conticchio--tenor and soprano saxophones; Rodney Richardson--guitar; Andrew Elliot Cox--accoustic bass; Lawrence "Bubbles" Dean--drums. With guests: Joseph Brotherton--trumpet on 2 & 9; and Wayne Wilentz--piano on 3 & 8
Record Label: Liven Up Jazz Productions