Richard Andersson Sustainable Quartet: Please Recycle (2010)

By Published: | 4,021 views
How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Richard Andersson Sustainable Quartet: Please Recycle
Danish bassist Richard Andersson organized this session, which attracts attention, at first glance, from the presence of saxophonist Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby

sax, tenor
, but then commands regard for all its players.

Recorded after studying at the Manhattan School of Music, Andersson formed an alliance with two other players deserving wider recognition, pianist Sullivan Fortner and drummer Rogerio Boccato. Fortner has already attracted attention for his playing on bassist John Patitucci
John Patitucci
John Patitucci
b.1959
bass
's Remembrance (Concord, 2009), while Boccato recently toured with trumpeter Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
b.1969
trumpet
's Quintet.

The music draws from standards, some free improvisations, and Andersson's original title track.

Certainly the draw here is Malaby. His horn has been ubiquitous of late, leading his trio Tamarindo, quartet Paloma Reccio, the Malaby Cello Trio or as featured sideman on projects by Daniel Humair
Daniel Humair
Daniel Humair
b.1938
, Chris Lightcap
Chris Lightcap
Chris Lightcap
b.1971
bass
, Ches Smith, Gerald Cleaver, John Hébert, and John Hollenbeck
John Hollenbeck
John Hollenbeck
b.1968
drums
. On Henry Mancini's classic "Moon River," he plays with a breathy delicate tone over Andersson's bowed bass, lending authenticity rather than saccharine possibilities. Interestingly enough, the same goes for Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
's "Round Trip," where Malaby opts for faithful retelling on a composition that almost begs for outward eruption. While Malaby plays (almost) the straight man, Fortner is given the opportunity to unfold the possibilities, gliding through some nifty two-handed dancing, while his mates swing mightily, Boccato erupting with a powerful punch.

The band has an instinct for Coleman's music, adeptly swinging "When Will The Blues Leave?" from the 1950s and showing some persistence on the saxophonist's 1970s tune, "What Reason Could I Give?" Elsewhere, the quartet displays some discriminating maturity on three improvised pieces, opting for coherency over chaos. Certainly the credit for the solidarity of the instant composing goes to Andersson, whose rock steady timekeeping maintains these tracks alongside the composed pieces.

While Malaby might have been the initial draw, session, the discovery of some new voices calls for repeated plays of Please Recycle.

Track Listing: Falling Grace; Sense; Moon River; Round Trip; No Sense; Please Recycle; When Will The Blues Leave?; Nonsense; What Reason Could I Give?; Nicas Dream.

Personnel: Tony Malaby: tenor saxophone; Sullivan Fortner: piano; Rogerio Boccato: drums ; Richard Andersson: bass.

Record Label: Blackout Music


comments powered by Disqus
Sponsor: Summit Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

or search site with Google