Mark Shim: Mind Over Matter
Shim's composition "Snake Eyes," in three, and somewhat relaxed with Harland using the brushes, allows for solos from Lundy, Allen and the leader. Allen's exciting right hand, Lundy's lyrical romp, and Shim's lush sound are representative of the entire session. Harland stretches out on "Crazy," trades fours on "The Chosen Ones," and manages a challenging syncopated rhythm on Mingus' "Remember Rockefeller at Attica." Guitarist David Fiuczynski guests on seven tracks, with lyrical electric guitar lines that contrast well; he's particularly interesting when making the guitar cry out on "The Dungeon." Drummer Ralph Peterson guests on three tracks; his composition "Dumplin' " features Peterson playing the trumpet as well, overdubbed and full of spirit. Mark Shim's debut recording is a harbinger of what's happening out there, and it certainly looks good. Recommended.
Track Listing: Arrival; Mind Over Matter; Snake Eyes; Dumplin'; The Dungeon; Oveida; Crazy; The Chosen Ones; Remember Rockefeller at Attica; Mass Exodus.
Record Label: Blue Note Records