All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Multiple Reviews

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...

411

Brooklyn Jazz Underground: Randy Ingram & Rob Garcia

By

Sign in to view read count








Randy Ingram

The Road Ahead

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

2009


Ron Garcia

Perennial

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

2009


Pianist Randy Ingram's fine new recording, The Road Ahead, exemplifies smooth jazz, though thankfully not in the sense of the FM radio genre. Ingram, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Jochen Rueckert play with such skill that they almost make it sound effortless.

Ingram composed several of the tunes here, varying in range from the cool "Rock Song #3" to the samba groove of "Dream Song" and the elegant ballad "Hope." The trio does a beautiful job on the Beatles' "For No One," where Ingram's brooding bass notes in the intro are picked up nicely in Clohesy's affecting plucked solo. Rueckert's lovely brushes caress the melody of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." Playing Ornette Coleman sometimes can be like navigating a minefield, but the group handles "Round Trip" with aplomb, tap dancing among the mines.

Saxophonist John Ellis sits in on a few selections. He plays a smooth soprano on "Dream Song" and lends a pleasantly languid tenor to the atavistic title track, another Ingram original. Ellis does his best playing on Thelonious Monk's "Think of One," where he builds his excellent solo with a clear, robust tone. No matter what he plays, Ellis chooses his notes carefully, like a boxer waiting for the right opening to unleash a flurry. The end result is jazz that's crisp and expansive without bothersome overreaching. Ingram and his band consistently get it right on The Road Ahead, an impressive debut by a leader and group that one expects will continue to make great music for years.

Concept albums abound in jazz, but it's probable that there's never been one whose theme is plants and flowers. This seems to be the case with Rob Garcia's Perennial, but lying behind the various botanical song titles is some edgy, challenging and vibrant music.

A defining moment is Garcia's drum solo on the lighthearted "Joe-Pye Weed." His playing is simple yet sophisticated, a concept that the entire quartet embraces throughout the album. Noah Preminger's mysterious tenor sets the pace on "Seasons of Stone," where he, Garcia, pianist Dan Tepfer and bassist Chris Lightcap have fun bobbing and weaving just outside the beat. Lightcap's melodic pizzicato highlights the excellent title tune and Preminger's fire here shows why he's one of the most highly regarded saxmen around. Garcia's fierce polyrhythms are prominent on the tour de force "Vortex," with tenacious sax embodying the spirit of the title. The band's interplay intensifies as it gradually finds its voice, Tepfer's flowing chords providing counterpoint to Garcia's insistent thrashing. The leader also shines in quieter moments; his brief, gentle brush solo on "A Flower for Diana" is transcendent. There's only one standard on Perennial and the quartet does an excellent job of molding the timeless "Cherokee" seamlessly into their own style with neither the group nor the song sacrificing any of its personality. And if there's one thing the Rob Garcia 4 has plenty of, it's personality. Perennial pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and thoroughly satisfies.

Tracks and Personnel



The Road Ahead

Tracks: Rock Song #3; Dream Song; For No One; The Road Ahead; So In Love; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; Round Trip; Hope; Think of One.

Personnel: Randy Ingram: piano; Matt Clohesy: bass; Jochen Rueckert: drums; John Ellis: saxophones.



Perennial

Tracks: Joe-Pye Weed; Seasons of Stone; Perennial; Vortex; A Flower for Diana; Little Trees; Cyberganic; Spores; Cherokee; A Flower for Diana (reprise).

Personnel: Rob Garcia: drums; Noah Preminger: saxophones; Dan Tepfer: piano; Chris Lightcap: bass.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Jazzing Up Childhood Memories Multiple Reviews
Jazzing Up Childhood Memories
by Jerome Wilson
Published: April 4, 2018
Read The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund Multiple Reviews
The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: April 2, 2018
Read The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes Multiple Reviews
The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 27, 2018
Read Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic Multiple Reviews
Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic
by Doug Collette
Published: March 24, 2018
Read Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams Multiple Reviews
Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 23, 2018
Read A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama Multiple Reviews
A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 18, 2018
Read "Cassette Plus Download Labels" Multiple Reviews Cassette Plus Download Labels
by John Eyles
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Emanem Releases New Music From Late, Great Heroes Lacy And Rutherford" Multiple Reviews Emanem Releases New Music From Late, Great Heroes Lacy And...
by John Eyles
Published: September 8, 2017
Read "Holiday Roundup 2017" Multiple Reviews Holiday Roundup 2017
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana" Multiple Reviews Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "Two Sides of Marc Copland: Quartet and Solo" Multiple Reviews Two Sides of Marc Copland: Quartet and Solo
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: February 25, 2018
Read "The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio" Multiple Reviews The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 12, 2017