Mike Lorenz: Of The Woods (2012)
Lorenz goes note-for-note with Cemprola on "Between Signals" demonstrating both his guitar skills and ear for music. All members of the band contribute on this tune, with outstanding free form rhythms from drummer Matt Scarano. "North/South" is a standout tune, with its lyrical and wistful melody; Mitchell plays beautifully here, with a striking double bass solo from Brian Howell and brush stroke drumming by Scarano. The tune builds for a moment, when all the band members play together, but then ends quietly with a soft guitar and sax duet. This is one well thought-out jazz tune, compelling for its beauty and power; actually, beauty and power may well describe this well-produced CD overall.
Lorenz is a young Philadelphia talent with a great future ahead. If Of the Woods is any indication of his future work, jazz indeed has something to look forward to in the years to come.
Track Listing: Another Day; Between Signals; North/South; I Know Of No Such Thing; Were You Thinking Of Me?; Routine Five; 3 Step
Personnel: Mike Lorenz: guitar, Mike Cemprola: alto saxophone, Matt Mitchell: piano, Brian Howell: bass, Matt Scarano, drums
Record Label: Mike Lorenz Music
Style: Modern Jazz