Don Peretz: Foremen (2005)
The simplistic connotations of the track's title summon up acute visual characteristics, but the band's makeover features a medley of programmatic horn choruses and loosely organized jazz grooves. Many of these pieces are stoked in wide-ranging mosaics of sound and style, spanning Ornette Coleman-style free bop, hard bop, and jazz-funk. However, the majority of Peretz's compositions boast sustaining melody lines, often coated with prophetic musical statements.
The quartet's rendition of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit looms as a solemn jazz dirge where teen spirit is branded with sorrow and remorse. However, the rhythm section subsequently ups the tempo for the coda, suggesting an air of optimism.
This unit's sovereign approach to jazz covers quite a bit of terrain, as Peretz's arrangements generally convey tangible storylines that are embedded within the soloists' improvisations. (A recommended pick for 2005...)
Track Listing: Simple Man; Folk Song #2, Retro Phlegm, Old Man, Itermized Phone Bill pt. I & II, Son and Dad, Smells Like Teen Spirit, No Train Again, Peretz Syndrome, No Walking, Bacon Wrapped, A theme, Folk Song #1.
Personnel: Russ Johnson: trumpet; Christof Knoche, reeds; Dave Ambrosio, bass; Don Peretz, drums, cymbals.
Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Style: Modern Jazz