Jake Saslow: Crosby Street (2011)
The seven pieces visualize an assortment of aural dreamscapes and tempos, supported by bassist Joe Martin and drummer Chris Persad Group, The Dautaj, Marcus Gilmore , Coquito, Fri, as the soloists deliver lively movements in Saslow's "Early Riser" and "Taiga Forest." But it's the chord-less trio rendition of Horace Silver's "Lonely Woman" where Saslow's sepia-toned notes give a truer indication of his capabilities. Its depth and detail exudes not only knowledge of the source material but also a fresh statement.
"Lucky Thirteen" is the smoothest piece in set with its street-savvy cadence and elastic solos, whereas "Until Next Time" has the most personality. With a rich sonic quality it begins slowly with Saslow's sumptuous horn, before the melody changes and swings seductively, carried by Moreno's unique phrasing. It's got a certain ambiance and personalityjust like a vibrant neighborhood, the essence of what Saslow's debut portrays.
Track Listing: Early Riser; Taiga Forest; Lonely Woman; Lucky 13; Crosby Street; How Things Were; Until Next Time.
Personnel: Joe Martin: bass; Marcus Gilmore: drums; Jake Saslow: tenor saxophone; Mike Moreno: guitar; Fabian Almazan: piano.
Record Label: 14th Street Records