Barry Altschul: The 3dom Factor (2013)
The band pushes the envelope with bop, free-bob, modern mainstream and treks into the outside perimeters of jazz matters. With torrid flows, unanticipated detours and gobs of group-centric synergy, the trio looms as a tightly wound machine, and loosens it all up via spurious improvisational segments and fluid trajectories amid a consortium of cleverly articulated counter-maneuvers.
Irabagon instills pathos atop Fonda's arcing notes on "Martin's Stew," as the drummer smacks the cowbell, peppers the pace, and prompts the band to zoom in for the kill. And they enact a zesty, blues-funk motif during "Papa's Funkish Dance," teeming with peppy dialogues, and impart a 360 degree turnaround on the calypso influenced burner "Oops." Here, Fonda's booming lines generate a fertile underpinning for Altschul's sweeping patterns, including snappy rim-shots and Latin beats that provide a broad spectrum for Irabagon's tuneful, yet gritty phrasings. Other pieces, feature up-tempo balladry, and burning hard bop motifs, often highlighted by the saxophonist's slashing phraseology. Indeed, the trio leaves no stone unturned throughout this largely, mesmeric presentation that bears a profusion of rewarding results.
Track Listing: The 3dom Factor; Martin's Stew; Irina; Papa's Funkish Dance; Be Out S'Cool; Oops; Just A Simple Song; Ictus; Natal Chart; A Drummer's Song.
Personnel: Barry Altschul: drums; Jon Irabagon: tenor saxophone; Joe Fonda: double bass.
Record Label: TUM Records
Style: Modern Jazz