Vinnie Sperrazza: Peak Inn (2009)
On "All Last Night," Sacks' insistent rumbling, arcing out from lower to midrange and tumbling back again, is needled by simple pizzicato figures and an easing surge from Sperrazza's toms. A grubby run gets immediate ride support and Ambrosio starts to shove before the group falls into silence. That run is a foreshadowing of Powell's "Bouncing with Bud" nary a minute later, Sacks trying to cram all his Dave Burrell/Jaki Byard (at his outset) licks into a few bars, combined with agitated, dry percussion and woody sketches. Two minutes and this foray into Bud is done, though one does get a sense of Sperrazza's approach to time, which rests on implied repetition (simple shifts in tone and density within a narrow area). Playing freely on "Our Enemy is Dangerous and Wiley," angular walks come in and out of focus, alternately didactic and shadowy. Wayne Shorter's "Fee Fi Fo Fum" is teased, chewed around and flirted with in a way that recalls the trio of Paul Bley, Steve Swallow and Barry Altschul on Closer (ESP, 1965). Similarly, the tunes here are brief, the longest clocking in just over five minutes and many pieces evaporating rather than stretching out. And there's the rublonger and equally kaleidoscopic improvisations on familiar tunes are surely within the range of these players. The short running times only serve to whet the appetites of those already apprised of the trio's capabilities.
Track Listing: Peak Inn; Hackensack; All Last Night; Bouncing With Bud; Our Enemy Is Dangerous And Wiley; Fee Fi Fo Fum; Persistent; Hyde; Grab Yur Partner; Where Is The Love; Cubits.
Personnel: Vinnie Sperrazza: drums; Jacob Sacks: piano; Dave Ambrosio: bass.
Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Style: Modern Jazz