Paul Bollenback: Invocation (2008)
As with his earlier work, this outing showcases Bollenback's sterling chops, bluesy sensibility, dry-toned delivery and unerring ear for reharmonizations and arrangements: "Emily" is a vehicle for world-class chord soloing; "Alter Ego" exhibits a nice balance of simultaneous comping and single-note lines; "Dancing Leaf" boasts a compelling melody, fleshed out with a seamless pastiche of fluid phraseology; and the intro to "Everything Must Change" proves Bollenback to be a subtle touch across a gamut of guitar textures. It's all summed up by "Invocation, Part I", the centerpiece that surpasses its compositional constraints to become an exploration and expansion of shared emotion.
Track Listing: Dancing Leaf; Alter Ego; How Deep is the Ocean; Everything Must Change; Invocation, Part 1; Invocation, Part 2; Emily; Songline; After the Rain.
Personnel: Paul Bollenback: guitar; Randy Brecker: trumpet, flugelhorn; Victor Lewis: drums; Ed Howard: bass; Chris McNulty: vocals.
Record Label: Elefant Dreams Records