Christian Pincock: Reflections of the City (2004)
Pincock is known by many as a sonically wisecracking synth player in various improv settings, so it was a pleasant surprise to learn of his prowess in the traditional jazz arena. He blows a mean trombone, handling tricky melodic lines without a hitch and delivering sometimes fiery, liberated solos. There's only one coverMonk's ubiquitous "'Round Midnight, arranged quite uniquelythough none are needed, as Pincock's compositions stand up just fine on their own. The music is mostly sedate and straight, but it goes out enough to stay interesting.
Hopefully this self-published disc is just the first of many to come from Pincock. He clearly shows all the signs of being a seeker of those elusive, ineffable things that keep some of us coming back again and again to that good old place we call jazz.
Track Listing: Farewells and Partings; The Learning Palace; Faceless Woman in Orange; Round About Midnight; Speed Racer; Reflections of the City; Eyes of the Enemy; Alone Among Millions; No Inherent Meaning.
Personnel: Christian Pincock: valve trombone; Felipe Salles: woodwinds; Jesse Stacken: piano; Moppa Elliott: bass; Jeremy Noller: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Modern Jazz