Published since 1997
Jim Santella has been contributing CD reviews, concert reviews and DVD reviews to AAJ since 1997. His work has also appeared in Southland Blues, The L.A. Jazz Scene, and Cadence Magazine.
"Old Blues" represents much of the session. Zocher's guitar (the featured instrumental voice) moves furtively in and out of the limelight with a down-home charm and rock-influenced technical prowess. Pianist Bevan Manson, whose day job is chairman of the jazz department at the University of California in Berkeley, comps with a wide array of tools and solos frequently. His approach is consistent with the guitarist's slant; however, the mix takes him to a more subdued volume level. Bassist Aronson, whose degree is in classical guitar performance, favors a lyrical accompaniment technique with fiery solo lines. George Garzone's contributions to the session are special in their apparent ease of movement. While his motion is highly creative and spontaneous, the saxophonist's manner gives one the outward impression that things are consistently smooth and laid-back. All that action taking place in the arena, and yet the scenery seems mellow. It's a perfect mix.
Track Listing: Jungle Tune; Giant Steps; Hick Licks; Know It; ?Til Death Do Us Part; Cytyc Thinprep 2000?; Devolution; Buffy; Old Blues; Berklee Tune.
Personnel: Norman Zocher- guitar; Abigail Aronson- bass, wordless vocals added on "Jungle Tune"; Bevan Manson- piano; Brooke Sofferman- drums; George Garzone- tenor sax on "Jungle Tune" and "Know It".
Record Label: A to Z Records
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