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Rob Reddy: Citizen Quintet

Alberto Bazzurro By

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Allievo di Makanda Ken McIntyre e Dave Liebman, attivo sulla scena jazzistica alla testa di propri gruppi a partire dalla fine degli anni Ottanta, e in parallelo in seno a formazioni dirette da Reggie Workman e Ronald Shannon Jackson, il sopranista Rob Reddy ha maturato nel corso degli anni una visione alquanto personale del fare jazz, come questo bell'album in quintetto, registrato nel luglio 2016 con dentro musicisti del calibro di Pheeroan AkLaff, altro suo sodale di lunga data, e Brandon Ross, testimonia eloquentemente.

Lo compongono dieci brani tutti a firma del leader, informati sin dall'inizio da una bella verve, collettiva e individuale, da un clima teso e dinamico (a volte, come in segmenti di "Duck Duck Goose" e "Without a Paddle," persino un po' troppo saturo) che non manca tuttavia di recuperare periodici ripiegamenti, come accade nell'ampio "Time Smells Good" o nella prima parte di "Redemptive Grace," assorta e concentrata, prima di un'esplosione improvvisa che incammina la musica lungo itinerari di neanche troppo vago umore mingusiano.

In definitiva un album di sicuro spessore, che non stanca all'ascolto ma nel contempo sa abilmente eludere le risacche dell'ovvietà e della prevedibilità.

Track Listing: Hear Me?; Right As Rain; Duck Duck Goose; Without a Paddle; Forsaken; Hear Me? (Very Slight Return); Time Smells Good; Paralysis of Analysis; Redemptive Grace; Hear Me? (Slight Return).

Personnel: John Carlson: tromba; Rob Reddy: sax (soprano); Brandon Ross: chitarra; Dom Richards: contrabbasso; Pheeroan AkLaff: batteria.

Title: Citizen Quintet | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Reddy Music

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