Steve Slagle: New New York
Slagle serenades New York City’s fabled Loft scene with the aptly titled, “Loftology” which features an extended solo by Locke, whereas Stryker renders exuberant lines while shrewdly reworking the melody during the bridge. However, “Bowery Blues” offers a slight alteration to the vibrant momentum as Slagle and Stryker, here utilizing a bottleneck slide on his electric guitar, execute stinging blues-based and soul drenched unison choruses to great effect as they perhaps elicit vivid notions of this historically downtrodden lower East Side locale!
Lovano and Stryker supplement the attractive hybrid Latin/Swing groove titled, “Complicity” with viscous soloing and synthesized choruses; otherwise, New New York features a truly divergent melding of tuneful compositions that successfully or perhaps imaginatively draw upon the disparate influences contained within – The Big Apple.
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Track Listing: 1) New New York 2) Loftology 3) Bowery Blues 4) Thelonious 5) What Goes Around Comes Around 6) Blackwell
Personnel: Steve Slagle; alto saxophone, flute: Dave Stryker; guitar: Cameron Brown; bass: Gene Jackson; drums. Special guests: Joe Lovano; tenor saxophone: Joe Locke; vibraphone
Record Label: OmniTone