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An active part of the jazz scene in New York's Capital District, Brian Patneaude's fifth album shows off his originality and depth as a tenor saxophonist and composer. The six original compositions and two covers on All Around Us were "inspired by people, places and events" in Patneaude's life, adding a personal gravity to the assured musicianship on display.

Listing Michael Brecker, David Sanborn and Hank Mobley among his influences, Patneaude plays with an attractively big, warm tone, more guts than metal. On "Orb," Patneaude's soulful tenor builds dramatically before a pared down statement of the chanting melody closes this heartfelt tribute to Patneaude's friend and drummer, Danny Whelchel. His lines are intricate but never include extraneous notes, best illustrated on the wistful 6/8 memoir "Lake Timeless."

"Too Vast for Malice" alternates a relaxed piano montuno with agitated tenor exclamations to choreograph the struggle between getting angry and letting go, followed by Patneaude blowing brooding descents and punchy exclamations and closing with a solid funk groove. Instead of just shredding on the straight-ahead bop burner "Double Trio," the saxophonist toys with the fleet tempo, hinting at double and half time after the circuitous yet catchy head (that will hopefully make its way into other bands' books).

While Patneaude's quartet has undergone changes since its founding in 2002, this current lineup plays like old collaborators. Bassist Mike DelPrete's changing between two and four beat bass lines and Whelchel's clean cymbal accompaniment add further interest to "Double Trio." Pianist David Caldwell-Mason indulges a similar sense of play, with short crunches of notes and bop runs cut mischievously short. They lock in for some classic swing behind the leader's articulate phrases and Caldwell-Mason's technically assured Rhodes piano on Bronislaw Kaper's "Invitation." The chiming Rhodes behind Patneaude and Whelchel's colorfully orchestrated fours enhances a dreamy arrangement of Wayne Shorter's "Juju."

The up-tempo, upbeat blues "Blucocele" (an ironic reference to Patneaude's mood following dental surgery) closes the disc and sums up its strengths: the ensemble is tight and swinging, Patenaude is subtle but powerful (here with a slightly brassier tone), Caldwell-Mason brings Bill Evans-inspired harmonies into a thoroughly personal concept, and DelPrete offers an infectious finger-popping solo. Upstate New York, Midtown Manhattan or elsewhere, this is an inspired release.

Track Listing: Lake Timeless; Too Vast for Malice; Orb; Double Trio; Juju; Aimless Antithesis; Invitation; Blucocele.

Personnel: Brian Patneaude: tenor saxophone;David Caldwell-Mason: piano, Fender Rhodes; Mike DelPrete: bass; Danny Whelchel: drums.

Title: All Around Us | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: WEPA Records

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