3

Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

David A. Orthmann By

Sign in to view read count
A lot of the good things about All Around Us start from the bottom and work their way up. Saxophonist Brian Patneaude's compositions are a sturdy, coherent lot; they're also rife with odd time signatures, changing tempos, and an amalgam of Latin, funk, and jazz elements. The tunes are a virtual playground for bassist Mike DelPrete and drummer/percussionist Danny Whelchel, who, along with pianist David Caldwell-Mason, comprise the ideal rhythm section for Patneaude's designs. With one foot firmly lodged in the trenches and the other itching to shake loose and run free, they make things happen beneath the smooth, relatively unruffled sound of the leader's tenor.

"Too Vast For Malice" is built on an odd meter Latin vamp, offset by a whirling, funky bridge. Whelchel's hand percussion and drum set rhythms complement Delprete's solo. The nimble Latin funk of "Orb" simmers beneath the leader's pensive treatment of the melody, and eventually the composition evolves into 5/4 time. As Patneaude's solo turns insistent, he's matched by Whelchel's snare drum accents. "Double Trio" offers two varieties of funk beats before the band neatly darts into straight jazz time. After the out head, Whelchel deftly shadow boxes with the tune's bridge. Wayne Shorter's "Juju" begins with Patneaude's solemn solo introduction, which leads to the band's tantalizingly slow journey to the song. Later on, Patneaude and the band quickly build to a roaring climax.

"Blucocele," the disc's finest track, is comprised of Patneaude's live-wire melody, played once with a hard funk bottom, and then a second time, underpinned by straight-ahead swing. Whelchel's backbeat variations, at once firm and agile, provide an ideal foundation for the leader's sweeping, effusive solo which contains a host of R&B references and crafty, cutting lines. At first Caldwell-Mason seems far removed from Delpete's walking bass. His solo gradually takes shape, connects to the bass and drums and gathers momentum as brief, prickly single notes lines stand alone and are punctuated by weighty chords.

A host of attractive compositions, tight, witty group rapport, and solid solos combine to make All Around Us an interesting and enjoyable recording.

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


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Elusive CD/LP/Track Review Elusive
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Transitions CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Door Girl CD/LP/Track Review Door Girl
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Incidentals CD/LP/Track Review Incidentals
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Heart Knows CD/LP/Track Review Heart Knows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Jersey CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "Think Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Think Ahead
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "From the Heart" CD/LP/Track Review From the Heart
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "Dance of Time" CD/LP/Track Review Dance of Time
by Jeff Winbush
Published: May 26, 2017
Read "Ha Noi Duo" CD/LP/Track Review Ha Noi Duo
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 27, 2017
Read "Eos" CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute" CD/LP/Track Review Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 13, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.