Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

6

Daniel Nissenbaum: Bismuth

Geno Thackara By

Sign in to view read count
This may be only the first album under Daniel Nissenbaum's own name, but that doesn't mean his horn doesn't still have a long and rich history behind it. The recording follows more than a decade of composition study, sit-ins with a wide ranges of names (including some as big as McCoy Tyner and Marcus Miller), and a steady gig with the Philadelphia electric funk outfit Three Oranges, not to mention various film, TV and recording/production work.

Though he's shown himself to be at home behind the mike or behind the console, plugged in or not, Nissenbaum settles into a cozily acoustic niche for his first outing as leader. The compositions are all his own, but it's not hard to close your eyes and imagine you've happily stumbled on some obscurity from the Prestige or Blue Note vaults. The three-horn frontline (balancing the leader's trumpet with sax and trombone) adds a big dash of fun music-hall swing, while the rhythm section never fails to keep it snappy. Pianist Tim Brey can often seem more prominent than anyone with his range of briskly upbeat solos, but it's really enough of an ensemble piece that the combo as a whole remains the brightest star.

The feeling in any mode makes sure never to stray too far from bright and catchy. They dip into exotic mode with the slinky minor chordings of "Duende" and "For Gaby," while the title track oozes old-school jive and "King's Ransom Blues" find them jitterbugging like it never went out of style. Sharply smart and yet breezy enough to sound effortless, Bismuth should keep jazz cats of all ages on their feet and smiling.

Track Listing: Don's Dilemma; King's Ransom Blues; Bismuth; The Lighthouse; Duende; The Man Who Died; For Gaby.

Personnel: Trumpet: Daniel Nissenbaum; Saxophone: Sam Greenfield; Trombone: Matt Hall; Piano: Tim Brey; Bass: Matt Keppler; Drums: Gusten Rudolph.

Title: Bismuth | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Everything's OK CD/LP/Track Review
Everything's OK
by Doug Collette
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically CD/LP/Track Review
Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones...
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Legacy CD/LP/Track Review
Legacy
by Doug Collette
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Other Life Forms CD/LP/Track Review
Other Life Forms
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Live At Moods CD/LP/Track Review
Live At Moods
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Runner in the Rain CD/LP/Track Review
Runner in the Rain
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 15, 2018
Read "Live" CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 25, 2018
Read "Heart Of Brazil" CD/LP/Track Review Heart Of Brazil
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 14, 2018
Read "Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 14, 2018
Read "Leading The British Invasion" CD/LP/Track Review Leading The British Invasion
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 30, 2017
Read "The Groove Hunter" CD/LP/Track Review The Groove Hunter
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: June 27, 2018
Read "Ran Do" CD/LP/Track Review Ran Do
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 5, 2018