Jon De Lucia Group: Face No Face (2006)
Jon De Lucia is a Massachusetts musician who graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2002. His ensemble features guitarist Nir Felder, pianist/keyboardist Leo Genovese, bassist Garth Stevenson and drummer Ziv Ravitz. In addition, Sumie Kaneko plays koto and shamisen on "Edo Komoriuta." On the opening selections, De Lucia' s alto and soprano saxophone playing is intense, but kept at a low boil. The first portion of the album allows for a suite-like continuity in which the original compositions ("The Glass Bead Game," "Emptiness" and "Really") follow each other in a natural order.
The inclusion of the Japanese folk song "Edo Komoriuta" introduces the influence of Asian music. The album builds to a peak with the lengthy "The Open Eye," which is just short of ten minutes and features De Lucia' s stepped-up playing prodded by Leo Genovese's keyboards. The album then concludes with a lyrical and tender reading of the Harry Warren ballad "I Wish I Knew." I wonder if a more more natural "non-Zen" order of song sequences could have allowed this piece to have been played earlier on the session?
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Track Listing: The Glass Bead Game; Emptiness; Really; Amir; The Brain Kid; Edo Komoriuta; Yugen; The Open Eye; I Wish I Knew.
Personnel: Jon De Lucia: alto and soprano saxophone; Nir Felder: guitar; Leo Genovese: piano, keyboards; Garth Stevenson: bass; Ziv Ravitz: drums, bells; Sumie Kaneko: koto, shamisen (5).
Record Label: Jonji Music