210

Jake Hertzog: Chromatosphere

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Jake Hertzog is a guitarist who crosses the threshold into the jazz and jazz-fusion radar with the advent of this impressive 2009 studio set. Hertzog is a Berklee College of Music graduate and, at nineteen years-old, won the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival's Grand Prize in the Jazz Guitar Competition. He communicates a broad music vernacular here, within a comfort zone provided by the superfine rhythm section that includes pianist Michael Wolff on three pieces.

Among the anticipated methodologies, Hertzog puts the effects pedal to the metal in certain spots, where he merges sustain-based licks with variable slants atop pulsating rhythms and various shifts in strategy. The guitarist often pursues tension-building statements atop Harvie S' booming bass lines, among the ensemble's unanticipated u-turns and knotty time signatures. Hertzog is a cunning improviser who abides by a driving impetus, heard on brisk bop vamps and upbeat jazz-rock grooves.

The band moderates the up-tempo flows with the touching ballad "Lullaby For A Dreamer," featuring Wolff's perky voicings and the leader's reverse engineering processes. Then the pianist ups the ante via an exploratory extended solo on the mid-tempo "Nectarine." And while Hertzog doesn't reinvent the wheel amid a few works that lack memorable themes, he brings laudable chops and a buoyant musical gait to the forefront. It would seem that the best is yet to come from this mega-talented guitarist.


Track Listing: California Hills; Almost Like Being in Love; Bonding; Back; Lullaby for a Dreamer; In Your Own Sweet Way; Monkey Stuff; Nectarine; Falling in Love with Love; Oberon.

Personnel: Jake Hertzog: guitar; Michael Wolff: piano; Harvie S.: electric and acoustic bass; Victor Jones: drums.

Title: Chromatosphere | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: That's Out Music


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Gledalec CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Flux Reflux CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Christmas With Champian CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "Each Edge of the Field" CD/LP/Track Review Each Edge of the Field
by John Eyles
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "Sonic Cinema" CD/LP/Track Review Sonic Cinema
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 1, 2017
Read "Graviton" CD/LP/Track Review Graviton
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 8, 2017
Read "But Wait… There’s More! / Live 2017" CD/LP/Track Review But Wait… There’s More! / Live 2017
by Roger Weisman
Published: June 9, 2017
Read "Double Mirror" CD/LP/Track Review Double Mirror
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "Magnetic" CD/LP/Track Review Magnetic
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 27, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.