Joined All About Jazz in 2001
Elliott enjoys music with energy, chops and tension; whether it be from the mainstream or the outermost fringe.
?DMP? further explores Miles? ?All Blues,? while ?John? employs the first three notes of Trane?s ?Giant Steps? and then evolves into a beautifully bowed ballad to which Minasi adds gorgeous single note coloration. Dizzy?s ?Night in Tunisia? inventively inspires ?Be Op Be Op Be Ah? to serve as a framework for a cello/guitar duet that then becomes complex bop guitar and cello soloing over a driving beat. Ulrich is given free reign on ?Waltz for Eric? and he turns it into a fitting Dolphy dance. He soars over a halting rhythm provided by the guitar trio until Minasi matches the frenetic bowing with his own Dolphinian boogie. Things end with Carol Mennie?s vocal interpretation of ?Round Midnight,? set against a classical string background that has her every syllable drawn by Ulrich?s bow.
This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .
Track Listing: 1. Witch Hunt 7:08 2. Time Will Tell 10:12 3. DMP 5:10 4. My Soul Cries Out 7:52 5. Be Op Be Op Be Ah 7:11 6. John 8:26 7. Waltz for Eric 5:39 8. 'Round Midnight 6:36
Personnel: Dom Minasi - Guitar; Ken Filiano - Bass; John Bollinger - Drums; Tomas Ulrich - Cello; Carol Mennie - Vocals.
Style: Modern Jazz
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