Michael Ross Quartet: Doghouse
Whether performing on soprano or tenor sax, Pate often pursues rippling, staggered lines to coincide with his vigorous mode of execution. Hence, characteristics that nicely counterbalance Nickelson’s amalgamation of electrified single note leads, fanciful chord progressions and tuneful voicings, while the band also integrates hybrid North African/modern jazz motifs into their repertoire. – The musicians’ introduce a softly stated Caribbean vibe on “I Am Are”, whereas they get down to basics on the delightful blues-driven swing groove titled, “Second Meeting”. However, the quartet does pronounce a distinctive sound, which is saying quite a bit these days. Either way, Doghouse is a solid effort!
Track Listing: Doghouse, J.M.T., Josephine, Eggplant Prayer, Dr. Pate, Viewing Infinity, Shadowlawn Street, Second Meeting, Strangers From Before, I Am Are, Knowing, Cathead River Blues
Personnel: Dave Pate; tenor and soprano saxophones: LaRue Nickelson; 6 & 12 String guitars: Michael Ross; bass: Tom Carabasi; drums & percussion
Record Label: Independent Records