Torben Waldorff: Wah-Wah (2012)
Waldorff's compositions are built on strong and clear melodic lines, enabling the quartet to communicate with playful, balanced interplay, creating an accumulated emotional cohesion. The album begins with the soft, lyrical melody or "Circle and Up," abstracted beautifully by veteran pianist Gary Versacea key member in other guitarists' bands such as John Scofield and John Abercrombiein a manner that brings to mind early collaborations between guitarist Pat Metheny and keyboardist Lyle Mays. The breezy "You Here" features bassist Matt Clohesy trading angular lines with Waldorff, while "Ginga" is a playful, straight-up jazzy tune, and a perfect showcase for the quartet's playful interplay.
"Fat#2" is built on repeated light, funky lines, developed with reserve, and connects organically with the lightly swinging "Poolside." "Evac" leaves more room for intense group improvisation, where Versace and Waldorff's unison lines stretch the melodic core, and Clohesy's muscular playing solidifies the melody. On "Cutoff (The Eleventh Bar)," drummer Jon Wikan's driving rhythmic sense pushes Waldroff's guitar flights, his shifting rhythmic patterns also challenging the guitarist on the following "Burtsong." The album concludes with the touching, country blues "Country and Fish (to play us out...)." Its straight-ahead melody and infectious harmonic development summarize the essence of this album.
A beautifully crafted set of melodies.
Track Listing: Circle and Up; You Here; Ginga; Fat#2; Poolside; Evac; Cutoff (The Eleventh Bar); Burtsong; Country and Fish (to play us out...).
Personnel: Torben Waldorff: guitar; Gary Versace: piano, Fender Rhodes, organ; Matt Clohesy: electric and acoustic bass; Jon Wikan-drums.
Record Label: Artist Share
Style: Modern Jazz