186

Ralph Alessi: Cognitive Dissonance

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Duel"

The jazz community welcomes trumpeter Ralph Alessi's keen compositional and superior technical skills. As a solo artist and first-call session ace, Alessi is adept at fusing disparate jazz-related styles into a singular voice. With his Cam Jazz debut, the trumpeter executes a diverse, polytonal environ, featuring laudable and like-minded jazz instrumentalists—a band that spins a symmetrical panorama, touched with rhythmic complexities and memorable hooks.

"Duel" is underpinned with a loping funk-rock groove, augmented by Alessi's off-kilter and, at times, quirky phrasings. The trumpeter tosses a few delightful curve balls into the mix by rendering angular unison choruses with pianist Jason Moran, leading to a spunky ostinato vamp. With the musicians conjuring notions of a friendly duel (if there is such a thing), Alessi proclaims a few bars of yearning story lines to contrast an album that offers an open-air set of musical events, intermixed with sinuous metrics, chutzpah and temperance.

Track Listing: Cognitive Dissonance; Buying, Selling; Dog Waking ; Duel; A Plenty; One Wheeler Will; Sir; Goodbye Ruth's; HairTrigger; Better Not To Know; Sunflower; Same Old Story; Option 8; Wait; Goodbye Ruths (slow).

Personnel: Ralph Alessi: trumpet; Drew Gress: double-bass; Jason Moran: piano (1-6, 8-11, 13-15); Andy Milne: piano (7, 12); Nasheet Waits: drums.

Title: Cognitive Dissonance | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: CAM Jazz

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

At the Seams

At the Seams

Ralph Alessi
Look

Album Reviews
Radio
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Imaginary Friends

Imaginary Friends

ECM Records
2019

buy
Quiver

Quiver

ECM Records
2016

buy
Spun Tree

Spun Tree

Clean Feed Records
2013

buy
Only Many

Only Many

CAM Jazz
2013

buy
Baida

Baida

ECM Records
2013

buy
Enesco Re-Imagined

Enesco Re-Imagined

Sunnyside Records
2011

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Sep3Tue
Ralph Alessi
Birdland
New York, NY
Sep15Sun
Ralph Alessi & This Against That
Bop Stop
Cleveland, OH
$20
May15Fri
Ralph Alessi
Tivoli/vredenburg
Utrecht, Netherlands

Related Articles

Read Phalanx Ambassadors Album Reviews
Phalanx Ambassadors
By Troy Dostert
June 26, 2019
Read When Will The Blues Leave Album Reviews
When Will The Blues Leave
By John Ephland
June 26, 2019
Read Nothing Here Belongs Album Reviews
Nothing Here Belongs
By Jerome Wilson
June 26, 2019
Read Gods Of Apollo Album Reviews
Gods Of Apollo
By Roger Farbey
June 26, 2019
Read Migrations Album Reviews
Migrations
By Dan McClenaghan
June 25, 2019
Read Samba Azul Album Reviews
Samba Azul
By Mackenzie Horne
June 25, 2019
Read Blue Waltz - Live at Gustavs Album Reviews
Blue Waltz - Live at Gustavs
By Jakob Baekgaard
June 25, 2019