Paul Wertico Trio: Don't Be Scared Anymore
John Moulder’s Duke Ellington-like swing feature on "Liftoff" settles in with a lyrical message that crosses genres easily. Similarly, Eric Hochberg’s melodic bass on "The Visit" provides a universal message; this one surrounded by mood-altering, eerie effects.
The trio’s innovative combination of sounds normally found in hard rock arenas makes a bold statement about the crossroads facing modern jazz. However, the session falters in places, allowing the formula to become tiring. Such is the case on "Long Journey’s End," where rock-styled guitars, bass and drums carry repetition beyond the usual limit. Wertico, an articulate drummer, solos too often throughout the program. And yet it’s the drummer who pulls it all together with subtle changes in rhythm and drive.
If a rhythm-maker can grab you like Ravel’s "Bolero" would – even while the repetition drones on – then he’s held your interest long enough for you to tie together the sweeter parts.
Track Listing: Clybourn Strut; The Underground; African Sunset; The Visit; Liftoff; Long Journey’s End; Taliaville; Justa Little Tuna; Testament.The Visit; Long Journey
Personnel: John Moulder: guitar; Eric Hochberg: basses, guitars, trumpet (8); Paul Wertico: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Premonition Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock