Brooke Sofferman: Modesty's Odyssey
Let me help the DIY cause by endorsing the self-produced recording by composer and drummer Brooke Sofferman. The New England Conservatory trained musician can be heard on recordings by Steve Kirby, Ed Harlow, and another excellent self-produced disc The Book Of Norm by Berklee College of Music teachers Abby Aronson & Norm Zocher. They play a large part on this recording as does perennial minor league all-star saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, a faculty member of NEC. Sofferman’s compositions and arrangements display maturity beyond his baby-faced album cover, which remind me of Matt Wilson, another Boston trained drumming up-and-comer. His varied approach to composition showcases more time changes than CNN did on New Years eve. From flat out burners a la Joe Lovano/John Scofield to “Dry Season,” which could easily be the title track for the next James Bond movie with Abby courting us with sultry bossa nova lyrics, Sofferman displays a light touch on the skins and symbols bringing drummer Bill Stewart to mind. “Almost There” begins as a hard bop burner worthy of Sonny Rollins, then time slows, and Bergonzi and Sofferman play hide-n-seek with rhythm and tone. There are plenty of gems on this self-produced coming out party. Sofferman might just skip the minor leagues and go straight to “the show.”
Track List:Beef Ellington; Dry Season; Shaodare; I Hear Mousie; Autumn’s Lullaby; I’m Sorry Blues; Lovesick Vagabond; Now; Steak & Eggs; Modesty’s Odyssey; Wouberfish; Almost There.
Personnel: Brooke Sofferman
Record Label: YOBO