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On Bono in the Temple, Memphis-based trumpeter/composer Dave Lisik and his quintet of like-minded musicians deliver an enthralling set of original mainstream jazz; delightfully intricate compositions mixed with spirited, high-caliber improvising. Lisik, saxophonist Tom Link, pianist Amy Rempel, bassist Sam Shoup and drummer James Sexton are a tireless crew, creating a wash of abundant energy.
Throughout the session, Lisik solos with unbridled energy. The confident leader offers rapid-fire lines and emotive wailing on the funky opener "Q School, tightly-woven bop lines on "Norman Park, and carefully developed ideas on the swinging "Toronto Transit Commission.
Link is an impressive soloist with a commanding scope on both soprano and tenor saxophone. His breathy soprano weaves delicate lines over "Au Chien Qui Fume and his super-sized tenor tone bites through the title track with vigor.
Rempel, Shoup and Sexton are a fiery and dynamic rhythm section, meeting the challenges presented by Lisik's compositions head-on. Rempel's linear, Chick Corea-inspired approach is dazzling, especially on "Dinner at Phil's and the Hoagy Carmichael classic "Georgia on My Mind. Shoup is an exceptionally supportive bassist, switching effortlessly from upright to fretless electric. Sexton drives the session with smoldering intensity and dynamic intuitiveness.
The title of the disc refers to the famed U2 vocalist making an appearance at a Memphis mega-church. The music, however, bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Irish rocker. Lisik possesses an imaginative musical vision, connecting the essence of past innovations with contemporary sensibilities.
Track Listing: Q School; Norman Park; Au Chien Qui Fume; Dinner at Phils; Toronto Transit Commission; Georgia on My Mind; Table 51; Dr. Pepper Belt Buckle; Bono in the Temple.
Personnel: Dave Lisik: trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics; Tom Link: saxophones, bass clarinet; Amy Rempel: piano, Sam Shoup: bass; James Sexton: drums.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.