Guitarist Terrence McManus conveys an extensive music vernacular, tinted with percussive attributes and perceptive interactions with famed drummer, bandleader and consummate improviser Gerry Hemingway during Below The Surface Of. The duo engages a pliant game plan, executed at various pulses, and a broad soundstage that invokes an entertaining outlook, combined with blooming adventurism.
The duo kicks off the festivities with "The Night Ocean." Here, Hemingway lays down a swaying, medium-tempo swing groove, underscored by his counterpart's subliminal lo-hum electric guitar sound. They pursue a casual vibe while gaining steam in an understated sort of way. McManus spars, swerves and methodically ups the ante as the piece progresses, topped off with linear phrasings and stark contrasts. The duo's modality is akin to a temperate debate, with an exit strategy that abides by the intro, featuring McManus's ground-hum drone that seemingly fades into eternity. Overall, the artists cast a multitude of intriguing propositions that bait the mind's discerning eye amid gobs of staying power on ensuing listens.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.