332

Rale Micic: 3

Joshua Weiner By

Sign in to view read count
Rale Micic: 3 Rale Micic has emerged over the past few years as one of the most interesting young guitarists on the New York City scene. Beginning with Bridges, a fantastic quintet date from 2003 featuring some exciting saxophone work from Bob Reynolds, and continuing on 2006's Serbia featuring the great Tom Harrell on trumpet, Micic has established a style that, while indebted to giants like Jim Hall and John Scofield, is recognizably his: a clean, rich, classic tone; clarity of line; spaciousness in chordal passages, and the adoption of melodic and rhythmic motifs of his native Serbia. On 3, his latest release on the excellent CTA label, Micic has pared the band down to a trio, with the ubiquitous (and rightfully so) Scott Colley on bass and sensitive drumming by Gregory Hutchinson. This is a groove-heavy, softly rolling record that offers 56 minutes of pure pleasure, the ultimate disc to throw on after a tough day in the salt mines.

What 3 lacks is the variety of the earlier records, with no tempos ever exceeding a genial lope that, while making for a unified listening experience, does sap a bit of the excitement out of the proceedings. That said, for those who listen intently, rather than simply relax on the couch with a glass of wine in one hand and a loved one in the other (not a bad idea, that), 3 offers manifold rewards. The brooding blues riffer "Gybanitza" is infectious, as is the best track on the album, "The World Doesn't End," which has a catchy stop-time refrain and an arching bass line that will be difficult to extract from your head for days afterwards. "Serbology" gets a lovely dark-hued trio reading, with the space that Micic leaves almost as palpable as the variations on the melody that he spins throughout. On the chamber music-like "Pannonia" (not the Monk tune "Pannonica," as I initially misread it, wondering why I couldn't make out what Micic was doing with it!), the guitarist doubles his electric musings with some classical guitar arpeggios, to lovely, time-stopping effect.

As accomplished as all this is, one does long for a bit more grit, which the trio confines primarily to the groove tune "Dealin,'" where Micic's solo builds a real head of steam, with just a bit of Scofield-like crunch added to his tone. That said, on the softer side of guitar trio albums, Micic's latest is at the top of the heap, an entertaining disc that shows off the interplay between these fine players and features some nice writing by the leader.


Track Listing: Dealin'; The World Doesn't End; I Love You; Serbology; Pannonia; Naïve art; Three of a Kind; Thirty Three; Night Has a 1000 Eyes; Gybanitza.

Personnel: Rale Micic: guitar; Scott Colley: bass; Gregory Hutchinson: drums; Uros Markovic: tapan on "Serbology"; Aleksandar Jovanovic: tarabuka on "Serbology."

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: CTA Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Related Video

Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Joe Diorio Joe Diorio
guitar
Joel Holmes Joel Holmes
piano
Gene Ludwig Gene Ludwig
organ, Hammond B3
Mark Colby Mark Colby
saxophone
Sheryl Bailey Sheryl Bailey
guitar, electric
Loren Stillman Loren Stillman
sax, alto
Les DeMerle Les DeMerle
drums
John Bishop John Bishop
drums
Eric Bolvin Eric Bolvin
trumpet

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Checking Out" CD/LP/Track Review Checking Out
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 19, 2016
Read "Copenhagen Diaries" CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Diaries
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: May 8, 2016
Read "The Getaway" CD/LP/Track Review The Getaway
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: June 25, 2016
Read "Isn't Life Grand" CD/LP/Track Review Isn't Life Grand
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 29, 2016
Read "Tributango" CD/LP/Track Review Tributango
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 13, 2016
Read "Play All the Notes" CD/LP/Track Review Play All the Notes
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!