Tarmu Jazz Quartet
Label: Queen Of Bohemia Productions
Cafe Sole; Self-Inflicted Wounds; El Hipnotizador; Beneath the Gloss and Shine; Kinda Elegant; No Makeup; A Tale of Dirt and Flowers; Mating Calls; Tall Grass Prairie
Vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu’s jazz quartet debuts nine of Tarmu’s colorful and rhythmic originals on his new album, titled Tarmu Jazz Quartet The tight group, featuring alto saxophonist Adam Hutcheson, performs music that is catchy and accessible, yet utterly unpredictable. Eldad Tarmu is one of the most original vibraphonists in jazz, an improviser with his own sound and approach both as an improviser and a composer. On Tarmu Jazz Quartet, the formation with alto saxophonist Adam Hutcheson, bassist Sam Bevan, and drummer Cengiz Baysal, digs into the leader’s nine rhythmically adventurous yet accessible pieces, mixing together concise and heated solos with lightly funky (and often surprisingly danceable) ensembles that are full of telepathic interplay. The opener, “Cafe Sole,” has brief solos and lively, inventive arrangements. “Self-Inflicted Wounds” features some colorful unisons with Hutcheson’s alto in a prominent role. “El Hipnotizador” is an attractive piece with fine alto and vibes solos over Bevan’s hypnotic bass playing. The eccentric and slyly witty pattern played by the rhythm section on “Beneath the Gloss and Shine” is particularly memorable, as is “Kinda Elegant”, a colorful strut filled with unexpected ideas, and the stirring “No Makeup.” The wistful “A Tale Of Dirt And Flowers,” an assertive “Mating Calls,” and the complex “Tall Glass Prairies” conclude the exhilarating and consistently surprising set which takes listeners to some unexpected destinations along the way. The close communication between the musicians and the mixture of arranged ensembles with spontaneous solos result in fresh, original, and infectious music. Tarmu Jazz Quartet, Eldad Tarmu’s tenth recording as a leader or co-leader, is arguably his finest to date. Its release seems destined to earn him recognition as one of jazz’s finest vibraphonists and a skilled composer.
- Tarmu Jazz Quartet by Jack Bowers
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