All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

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...

466

Bob Reynolds: Can't Wait For Perfect

By

Sign in to view read count
Way too many jazz "composers come up with a derivative riff and hastily christen the piece a composition. While that may be technically true, there is quite a difference between these works and full-bodied, sturdy efforts that can stand on their own. Fortunately for listeners, saxophonist Bob Reynolds easily earns the title of composer with the material he presents on Can't Wait For Perfect. The strong performances by the musicians and the deployment of uniquely thoughtful instrumentation add even more interest to the work.

Many of the songs feature the intriguing juxtaposition of a strong backbeat with dreamy, wistful solos. "Belief frames an insistent vamp by pianist Aaron Goldberg with wispy sighs of pedal steel by David Soler. The mere presence of the pedal steel reveals a willingness to try something different. Less thought would have simply resulted in the use of a cringe-worthy synthesizer to achieve the shading effect. The pedal steel pulls off the neat trick of seeming both organic and ethereal. Fortunately when the synthesizers do make an appearance later in the disc, they are at least as close to subtle as possible.

Throughout, Reynolds solos with his mind firmly on the melody—his solos work to build the mood of the piece, rather than to fit in as many notes as possible. Bassist Reuben Rogers also finds numerous opportunities to shine, particularly with his knotty work on the title track and bowed accompaniment on the meditative, slow-building closer, "The Escape.

Overall the album is a very strong statement with varied moods and textures. It will be interesting to keep an eye on Reynolds to see what he does next.


Track Listing: Common Ground; Belief; Can't Wait For Perfect; Summer Light; First Steps; Fiction; Nine Lives; Intro (For Tomorrow); Last Minute (Late Again); The Escape.

Personnel: Bob Reynolds: tenor saxophone; Aaron Goldberg: piano; Reuben Rogers: bass; Mike Moreno: guitar; David Soler: pedal steel guitar; Eric Harland: drums.

Title: Can't Wait For Perfect | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Dreams And Other Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Dreams And Other Stories
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2018
Read The Nook CD/LP/Track Review
The Nook
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2018
Read Julius Eastman - Piano Interpretations CD/LP/Track Review
Julius Eastman - Piano Interpretations
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 22, 2018
Read Moments Before CD/LP/Track Review
Moments Before
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 22, 2018
Read From The Vault: No Security, San Jose '99 (2CD + SD Blu Ray) CD/LP/Track Review
From The Vault: No Security, San Jose '99 (2CD + SD...
by John Kelman
Published: September 22, 2018
Read with whom you can be who you are CD/LP/Track Review
with whom you can be who you are
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 21, 2018
Read "44/876" CD/LP/Track Review 44/876
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: April 15, 2018
Read "20" CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read "Decoy" CD/LP/Track Review Decoy
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 19, 2018
Read "Pharaohs From Outer Space" CD/LP/Track Review Pharaohs From Outer Space
by Chris May
Published: July 1, 2018
Read "Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich
by John Sharpe
Published: May 26, 2018
Read "The Blues and I Should have a Party" CD/LP/Track Review The Blues and I Should have a Party
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 14, 2018