Planet Safety: Planet Safety (2008)
Tracks like "Alone Together" serve as tolerable buffer zones between more remarkable tracks; the effect is distracting and the album would be better without them. But the solid tracks are enjoyable and pleasurable to listen to in their entirety and their finales round off the pieces.
The musicianship is immaculate on all ends and the notable pieces hold up the album with dignity and strength. The bass line on the title track, combined with the teasingly saccharine piano notes, creates a bluesy, rocky vibe with an almost lyrical effect. Tracks seven through nine on this album are collectively described as a "Three Cycle Laundry Machine" and each piece is named after the "Agitate," "Rinse" and "Spin" cycles, respectively. If that sounds gimmicky, it is. But it works because each sounds precisely like each of the verbs for which it is named; the domesticity of the actual chore is quickly forgotten in lieu of an encapsulation of more universal things like speed, power and the quiet pauses that make them all the more notable.
"Pinocchio" is an elegant composition whose notes flow into and onto each other without any rough edges. The piece begins to show a few unraveled strings nearing the end of the track and as soon as you begin to suspect of sloppiness, you see that what hinted of sloppiness is in fact an exciting potpourri of sonic goodness that ends majestically.
Track Listing: Pinocchio; Voices; Three Things; Planet Safety; Alone Together; Humpty Dumpty; Cycle 1: Agitate; Cycle 2: Rinse; Cycle 3: Spin; United; Solar.
Personnel: Bob Gullotti: drums; Leo Genovese: piano, keyboards, samples; Dave Zinno: double-bass.
Record Label: Soul Note
Style: Modern Jazz