Drew Gress: Spin and Drift
Throughout, Berne and Caine emit an abundance of hard-edged yet at times, melodically based solos as they intertwine free-bop style lines with forward thinking notions, although the band occasionally veers off the main course via a series of climactic passages and harmonious choruses. With "The Sledmouth Chronicles," Berne switches over to baritone sax for a work, brimming with rolling and tumbling overtures and extroverted group dialogue, while Gress and drummer Tom Rainey provide more than enough ammo for the soloists' no nonsense style interplay. Without further ado, Gress and co. deliver the goods in prominent fashion! Recommended.
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Track Listing: Disappearing, Act 1; Torque; It was after rain that the angel came; Jet Precipice; Aquamarine; The Sledmouth Chronicles; Here, at the bottom of the sky?; Pang; New Leaf
Personnel: Drew Gress; acoustic bass, pedal steel guitar: Tim Berne; alto & baritone sax: Uri Caine; piano: Tom Rainey; drums
Record Label: Premonition Records
Style: Modern Jazz