3

Manner Effect: Abundance

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Corcovado"

Manner Effect: Abundance Manner Effect knits together the jazz aesthetics of The Bad Plus to Kneebody to pianist Robert Glasper and bassist Esperanza Spalding, while forging its own unique and progressive sound. With music, particularly jazz, so highly atomized, it is a hard market in which to distinguish oneself. This quintet's approach is one of total assimilation and immersion in its collective visions and influences, so much so that something completely new, yet naggingly familiar, is achieved. Abundance is the zero-sum result of this vision.

The standard repertoire offers both pros and cons to an inventive jazz artist. A con is that many standards have been ground into dust by multiple mediocre though well-intentioned performances. The mark of the great artist is to reinvent so completely a given standard, that it can be heard in a different way. This is what Manner Effect does with Jobim/Lees' "Corcovado." Bassist PJ Roberts establishes an odd nursery rhyme rhythm with vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles that unfolds into a smart and almost anti-bossa nova treatment of this bossa nova chestnut. This is not your parent's Antonio Carlos Jobim. The treatment is both funky and fresh, summoning all of those elements found in all good songwriting.

Personnel: Logan Evan Thomas: piano, fender rhodes, keyboard; Caleb Curtis: alto, tenor, soprano saxophones & flute; Sarah Elizabeth Charles: voice; PJ Roberts: upright & electric basses & guitars; Josh Davis: drums, percussion.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Dyad Plays Jazz Arias" CD/LP/Track Review Dyad Plays Jazz Arias
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 12, 2016
Read "Eternally Even" CD/LP/Track Review Eternally Even
by Doug Collette
Published: November 5, 2016
Read "Binary" CD/LP/Track Review Binary
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 5, 2017
Read "South Beat" CD/LP/Track Review South Beat
by Edward Blanco
Published: September 6, 2016
Read "Subtle Energy" CD/LP/Track Review Subtle Energy
by Geannine Reid
Published: October 13, 2016
Read "Wet Paint" CD/LP/Track Review Wet Paint
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 15, 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!