Paul Smoker Trio: Mirabile Dictu (2002)
Smoker projects raspy slurs and liquefied lines atop guitarist Steve Salerno's burgeoning, ostinato groove on "Open Season." Here and throughout, the band cranks out a jazz-rock flavor tinged with freestyle dialogue and cool, sleek, Bop-ish maneuvers. With the fifteen-minute opus "See How They Run," the artists explore a myriad of themes, laced with rumbling crosscurrents and edgy call and response exchanges. Later, they take a well-deserved breather during the delicately articulated ballad "The Meaning Of The Blues."
Smoker and associates embark upon a series of linear movements, enhanced by implied rhythms and some rebel-rousing interplay. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Open Season 2.Mirabile Dictu 3.Elegy (for Lester Bowie) 4.See How They Run 5.Peccadillos 6.The Meaning Of The Blues
Personnel: Paul Smoker: trumpet
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz