Jake Hertzog: Chromatosphere (2009)
Among the anticipated methodologies, Hertzog puts the effects pedal to the metal in certain spots, where he merges sustain-based licks with variable slants atop pulsating rhythms and various shifts in strategy. The guitarist often pursues tension-building statements atop Harvie S' booming bass lines, among the ensemble's unanticipated u-turns and knotty time signatures. Hertzog is a cunning improviser who abides by a driving impetus, heard on brisk bop vamps and upbeat jazz-rock grooves.
The band moderates the up-tempo flows with the touching ballad "Lullaby For A Dreamer," featuring Wolff's perky voicings and the leader's reverse engineering processes. Then the pianist ups the ante via an exploratory extended solo on the mid-tempo "Nectarine." And while Hertzog doesn't reinvent the wheel amid a few works that lack memorable themes, he brings laudable chops and a buoyant musical gait to the forefront. It would seem that the best is yet to come from this mega-talented guitarist.
Track Listing: California Hills; Almost Like being in Love; Bonding; Back; Lullaby for a dreamer; In Your Own Sweet Way; Monkey Stuff; Nectarine; Falling in Love With Love; Oberon.
Personnel: Jake Hertzog: guitar; Harvie S: acoustic bass, electric bass; Victor Jones: drums; Michael Wolff: piano (2, 4, 6).
Record Label: That's Out Music
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock