Teeming with energy and ideas, eager to learn and anxious to show how they've educated themselves, Planet Safety evinces a healthy respect for the jazz tradition. Significantly, that reverence includes recognition for the masters from whom they learned and who gained their lofty stature--in part, by breaking free of established tradition.
Keyboardist Leo Genovese, bassist Dave Zinno and drummer Bob Gullotti spring into motion on this CD, playing Wayne Shorter's Pinocchio" with a vigor that distinguishes it as truly modern jazz. Genovese references the melody on piano just enough to make the track accessible, while Zinno succeeds him ...read more
Bob Gullotti, Leo Genovese and Dave Zinno really know how to end their pieces. This may seem incidental or, in any case, not a heavy matter. But it is, especially when you contrast it to the way many jazz musicians end their pieces, if they do at all. Too often, pieces are ended rather than left to proceed to an end and the abrupt--almost violently abrupt--nature of this kind of imposition harms the overall piece. The threesome's collaboration on Planet Safety demonstrates that they can create music that is earthy and strong, made that much stronger by perfectly orchestrated endings ...read more
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