Jerry Bergonzi, Joey Calderazzo, Lars Danielsson, Jukkis Uotila Quartet: Fast Company
Catch-22. That is why I was so disappointed in this current disc. This is a competent ensemble that, while they come close to cohesion, just never quite click. Uotila is indeed a fine drummer in the Tony Williams mold, muscular and multirhythmic. But he often overwhelms the remainder of the ensemble who them overcompensate, creating a vicious cycle resulting in the excess of Post Bop, sounding like Free Jazz.
To the credit of Fast Company and acknowledging the mote in this critic's eye, this music is not my cup of tea. I enjoy a great deal of Post-bop modeled after the second great Miles Davis Quintet of the 1960s. The music on this disc appealed a great deal to a collection of my friends who are fans of Ornette Coleman and late John Coltrane. I told them to listen to this and knock yourself out, because this is a disc for you (not to imply that Fast Company is as badly behaved as any late Coltrane, no offense intended). So there will be many listeners that will enjoy this disc a great deal. I am only here to warn those readers whose listening sensibilities are similar to mine: listen at your own risk.
Track Listing: The Lag, Loud-zee, Echoes, Not Afraid Of
Personnel: Jerry Bergonzi: Tenor Saxophone; Joey Calderazzo: Piano; Lars Danielsson: Bass, Jukkis Uotila: Drums.