Ralph Lalama Quartet: Energy Fields (2008)
Faster pieces such as Charlie Parker's "Buzzy" and Wayne Shorter's "United" allow the quartet room to get pumped. Here, Lalama and Hart form muscular phrases and drive the unit emphatically. Improvised madness reigns as each extends his performance beyond melodic interaction and on to creative frenzy. Well within jazz's mainstream, but feeling the freedom to turn random motion into sculpted art, Lalama and Hart light up with abandon. They push and they pull, while creating tension that later resolves with equitable harmony. The album's title draws attention to these areas where improvisation storms madly, but the unifying theme for Energy Fields remains rooted in the quartet's respect for an enjoyable melody.
Track Listing: The Moontrane; Buzzy; Nonchalant; Old Folks; Like Someone in Love; United; Indian Summer; Just In Time; Blackberry Winter.
Personnel: Ralph Lalama: tenor saxophone; John Hart: guitar; Rick Petrone: bass; Joe Corsello: drums.
Record Label: Mighty Quinn Productions
Style: Modern Jazz