Jason Rigby: Translucent Space (2006)
While fans are quick to speak about the who's who of new sax players, Rigby is as bright as the next, extrapolating a variety of styles and delivering them in a contemporary setting. On atmospheric pieces such as "Proximo, lush and dissonant clarinet/flute/sax patterns smoothly contrast against a flowing tempo. Rigby blows with soulful tones or quickly bops it true on "Turquoise Turkish with primary bandmates Mike Holober (piano), Cameron Brown (bass) and the phenomenal Mark Ferber (drums).
There's even some street-level funk on "Southampton, with pan-like percussion, but the groove can also be found on more intricate pieces like the aptly titled "Atmospheric, where the group announces the somber melody with loose improvisation. The free jazz implications of "114 (with guest trumpeter Rich Johnson) bring to mind the ideas of Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. Rigby is strong and confident, but he also allows risk-taking, moving comfortably out of the mainstream into freer territories.
Rigby, a multi-instrumentalist, plays wood flute on the bouncy "Mumbai, bringing a Middle Eastern aura to the music. The recording comes to a satisfying conclusion with the gorgeous "Christopher, where his quartet is augmented by the striking cellist Lauren Riley, who shares the spotlight with Rigby's powerful free tenor play. Given this stellar debut, it will be quite interesting to see where Rigby's musical ventures will lead next.
Track Listing: Turquoise Turkish; Southampton [uk]; Atmospheric; 114; Backandforthedness; Green of Greens; Mumbai; Christopher.
Personnel: Jason Rigby: tenor, soprano and alto saxophones, bass clarinet, wood flute; Mike Holober: piano, Rhodes; Cameron Brown: bass; Mark Ferber: drums, cymbals; Rich Johnson: trumpet; Lauren Riley: cello; Soo-Kyung Park: flute; Sam Sadigursky, Jason Gillenwater: clarinet.
Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Style: Modern Jazz