East West Quintet: The Brooklyn E.P. (2006)
With the exception of Perlson, all the members of East West Quintet contribute intricate pieces, custom-made for the individual personalities of the group. The session's opener, "Over the Falls, and closer, "Brooklyn, are both written by Cassedy. The former, full of brightly colored harmonies, has a perpetuating optimism, while the latter has a slow-burning funky groove with an electronic tinge highlighted by the keyboardists delicate work on the Fender Rhodes.
Heaney's Latin-shaded "The Summit features the saxophonist's strong melodic concept. Kafka's "The Missing Piece starts out as a medium-tempo modal swinger with the guitarist laying down some soulful, Grant Green-inspired lines. The tempo doubles for the twists and turns of Heaney's alto solo. Campbell contributes the haunting "Our Day, performed in a bouncy 5/4 tempo and featuring a punchy solo by the powerful bassist.
The Brooklyn E.P. is a strong follow up to East West Quintet's 2005 debut Unusual Customs. The collaborative feel throughout the disc creates a unique and distinctive sound that should serve as a catalyst for wider attention in the marketplace.
Track Listing: Over the Falls; The Summit; The Missing Piece; Our Day; Brooklyn.
Personnel: Dylan Heaney: saxophones, flute; Simon Kafka: guitar; Mike Cassedy: keyboards; Benjamin Campbell: bass; Jordan Perlson: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced