John Patitucci: Line By Line (2006)
Thelonius Monk's "Evidence" will appeal to fans of the bassist's fusion-oriented/electric work. Adam Rogers' guitar playing on this track resembles John Scofield and Scott Henderson's jazzier soloing. His own "Dry September" is a daring composition with contrasting sections, non-functional harmony and meandering lines. It could almost be mistaken for a Ralph Towner/Gary Peacock collaboration. In fact, Rogers shares with Towner a penchant for classical guitar music and its modern dialectics.
Drummer Brian Blade's supple playing, although not featured on every selection, adds an understated complexity to this subdued session. His Shorter-tested polyrhythmic savoir faire, eloquently displayed on "Circular," should fascinate connoisseurs. Chris Potter joins the group on the etude-like "Agitato," the title track and "Folklore," a beautiful diatonic ditty. "Theme & Variations...," a Third-Stream-ish arrangement, tries the ear with its odd tonal shifts, abrupt modulations and long form.
Track Listing: The Root; Agitato; Circular; Folklore; Dry September; Nana; Theme and Variations for 6-String Bass and Strings; Line by Line; Evidence; Jesus is on the Mainline; Incarnation; Soaring; Tone Poem.
Personnel: John Patitucci: double bass, six-string electric bass; Adam Rogers: electric guitar, nylon-string guitar; Brian Blade: drums; Chris Potter: tenor saxophone; Richard Rood: violin; Elizabeth Lim-Dutton: violin; Lawrence Dutton: viola; Sachi Patitucci: cello; Jeremy McCoy: bass.
Record Label: Concord Music Group