Talking Drum Records
McLaurine's adept solos on "Ivar were refreshing after his conservative lines on the previous tunes. Furthermore, the dynamic communication between McLaurine and drummer Steve Johns was illuminating, even though the duo started off slightly unorganized and off-key during the show. Near the end, Johns embarked on a flashy drum finale. Though his innate sense of rhythm was laudable, the solo itself was out of place against the bouncy melody.
Each musician is very much involved on every piece, so it's not difficult to understand their efforts to fit solos in wherever they can, but they can come off as forced and artificial, leaving the listener dissatisfied with the conclusions.
Nonetheless, the group's strong, easygoing interaction can be heard throughout Rough Jazz, which is commendable for its emotive progressionand a culmination of four musicians' wide and varied experiences and talents.
Track Listing: Rough Jazz; The Days of Wine and Roses; Descarga Calabaza; River's Edge; Neocon Blues; Zen Baptist; Looking Forward; Destiny; Ivar; Zen Baptist (reprise).
Personnel: Peter Brainin: tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Marcus McLaurine: acoustic and electric bass; Noah Haidu: piano and Fender Rhodes; Steve Johns: drums.
Record Label: Apria Records
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