The sound that comes from the speakers is immediately arresting. It is a groan, or a whine, or maybe a croon. It shifts and slides from position to position, defying your efforts to pin it down. Now deep and sonorous, now thin and electric as feedback, Terry Plumeri's bowed bass work is endlessly compelling. Pair it with musicians the caliber of David Goldenblatt (piano) and the great Joe La Barbera (drums) on a choice selection of standards and the effect is stunning.
Blue In Green is a flash point of classical and jazz sensibilities. The performances have the intricate formality of chamber pieces, along with the casual urge of jazz to follow inspiration wherever it may wander. Due to this risk-taking, not every track is completely successful. But in a time when the comfort of mediocrity is so tempting, daring missteps should be celebrated as much as easy achievements. For instance, the melancholy enchantment of "Corcovado does not entirely survive this severe, nearly Gothic interpretation. And yet this misfire does nearly as much to reveal the ineffable beauty of the song as a hundred standard issue bossa nova Muzak arrangements.
On the other hand, the take of "'Round Midnight is one of the strongest pieces I've heard all year. Plumeri sounds downright odd here, exactly as off-kilter and slurred as things seem 'round midnight. There's a novel here, filled with events unsettling and hazy.
Blue In Green is an album that reviewers pray for because it fires the imagination. The listener has the uncanny experience of hearing players thinking on their feet, instead of recycling riffs they've fallen back on for years. It is challenging and astonishingly vital.
Track Listing: Beautiful Love; Blue In Green; Autumn Leaves; Gentle Rain; Dolphin Dance; Corcovado; Footprints; 'Round Midnight
Personnel: Terry Plumeri: bass; David Goldblatt: piano; Joe La Barbera: drums.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.