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...

270

The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Clairvoyance

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
Ayn Inserto is a young, beautiful and very talented composer who has just made a dramatic entrance into the world of big band jazz, offering a new voice on this debut album. Her music is new and unconventional, striking a different chord than what one usually expects from a big band project. Inserto assembled her sixteen-piece Boston-based orchestra with some of the best local talent. A student of legendary trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, who likens Inserto to Maria Schneider, she recorded this album with her mentor and reed man George Garzone as special guests. Except for three tracks penned by Garzone, the balance consists of original compositions and arrangements provided by the leader.

What is clearly evident here, right from the opening "The Mingus That I Knew, is that you will not be treated to a typical big band sound. The charts are sophisticated, with intricate lines and texture characterized by direction-changing moods and tempo. The composer crafted the entire album around her two guests, who provide a slew of tasteful solos.

The opening tune features an impressive performance by Garzone, who continues his assault on tenor and soprano on his own "Hey Open Up, "Just Blow and the finale, "The Chooch, a wild and humorous piece containing the only vocals (also provided by the saxophonist). Bob Brookmeyer shows his stuff on Inserto's "Shadow Dancing With a Hint of Gold and "Early Sunday Morning, and then shares the spotlight with Garzone on "Lazy Saturday Afternoon and the title cut.

I have to be perfectly honest and state that it took me a couple of listens to truly appreciate the fresh new sound that differentiates this album. I suspect that we will be hearing more from Inserto in the future, and rightly so. Ayn Inserto's sophisticated charts and clever arrangements on Clairvoyance serve to harness that energy to create a unique big band sound without the heavy orchestration.

Track Listing: The Mingus That I Knew; Shadow Dancing With a Hint of Gold; Hey, Open Up; Clairvoyance; Lazy Saturday Afternoon; Early Sunday Morning; Just Blow; The Cooch.

Personnel: Ayn Inserto: director; Bob Brookmeyer: trombone; George Garzone: tenor and soprano; Jeremy Udden, Rick Stone, Bill Jones, Kelly Roberge, Hans Spencer: reeds; Jeff Claassen, John Economy, Pete Kenagy, Mathew Small: trumpet ans flugelhorn; Jaff Galindo, Christian Pincock, Garo Saraydarin, Chris Gagne: trombone; Mike Gamble: guitar; Kyle Aho: piano; Jeremy Allen: bass; Richie Barshay: drums.

Title: Clairvoyance | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Part I: Ze Teach

Part I: Ze Teach

The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
Down a Rabbit Hole

La Danza Infinita

La Danza Infinita

The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
Home Away From Home

Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Down a Rabbit Hole

Down a Rabbit Hole

Summit Records
2018

buy
Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

Neuklang Records
2015

buy
Muse

Muse

Creative Nation Music
2009

buy
Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance

Self Produced
2006

buy

Related Articles

Read Vilddjur CD/LP/Track Review
Vilddjur
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Lines in Sand CD/LP/Track Review
Lines in Sand
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It CD/LP/Track Review
Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 11, 2018
Read The Brave CD/LP/Track Review
The Brave
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Strings 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Strings 1
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Pillars CD/LP/Track Review
Pillars
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 10, 2018
Read "Those Were the Days" CD/LP/Track Review Those Were the Days
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: June 9, 2018
Read "Live In Geneva" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Geneva
by John Sharpe
Published: January 4, 2018
Read "Invisible Atlas" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Atlas
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 24, 2018
Read "El Duende" CD/LP/Track Review El Duende
by Chris Mosey
Published: May 22, 2018
Read "Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection" CD/LP/Track Review Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 27, 2018
Read "In Transit" CD/LP/Track Review In Transit
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 27, 2017