Live! Songbook Watch Party with Dominick Farinacci

Songbook Watch Party with Host Dominick Farinacci


1

Mason Razavi & Bennett Roth-Newell: After You

Tyran Grillo By

Sign in to view read count
Guitarist Mason Razavi and pianist Bennett Roth-Newell place years of collaborative experience under the microscope in this studio album. The performances, as wide-ranging as they are intimate, comprise a generous handful of original dough with a few familiar tunes thrown in for leavening. In the latter vein, we are treated to three slices of optimism, starting with Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring." In addition to setting the tone for a set of sometimes-whimsical crosstalk, it showcases the duo's ability to unravel melodies in real time. In Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and the Lennon/McCartney evergreen "Yesterday," they tap into textural wonders at every turn. Razavi switches between comping and leading at the drop of a hat, while Roth-Newell lights up the darkness with his incandescent navigations.

Roth-Newell also offers "Escaping The Inevitable," the first of three composed by the pianist, through whose music flows a laid-back yet utterly serious quality that lends veracity to every head. This balance allows the musicians to threat chord changes as limbs from which to swing, tracing their descent in the language of improvisation. "A Daughter Is A Gift To The World" speaks of a multidirectional love and evokes the warmth of home, of lifetimes in the making. Razavi opts for a steel-string acoustic here, adding to a feeling of nostalgia that is even more prevalent in "Mixed Memories." Here the guitarist switches out for nylon in a Latin-inspired picture of jigsaw-puzzle synergy and sunlit aesthetics. Razavi offers two weighty cents of his own in the form of "Will You?" and "Through The Fog," both of which are strong of heart and insightful of spirit. This is what communication sounds like.

Track Listing

Joy Spring; Escaping The Inevitable; A Daughter Is A Gift To The World; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Will You?; Mixed Memories; Through The Fog; Yesterday.

Personnel

Mason Razavi: guitar; Bennett Roth-Newell: piano.

Mason Rasavi: electric guitar, steel string guitar, nylon string acoustic guitar. Bennett Roth-Newell: piano.

Album information

Title: After You | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: First Orbit Sounds

Tags

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.


MUSICSTACK

Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers

AMAZON

CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more

HD TRACKS

Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads

CD UNIVERSE

Specializing in music, movies and video games

REVERB

Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear

More

Read Warmer Than Blood
Warmer Than Blood
Chris Montague
Read Perspectival
Perspectival
Sam Gill's Scattered
Read Pinball
Pinball
Pinball
Read Music from the Early 21st Century
Music from the Early 21st Century
Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline
Read lena
lena
Anna Högberg Attack
Read Patchouli Blue
Patchouli Blue
Bohren & der Club of Gore
Read Codes/Myths
Codes/Myths
Rempis/Rosaly Duo
Read Chamber Works
Chamber Works
Luiz Henrique Yudo & Apartment House