303

Michael Attias: Credo

Francis Lo Kee By

Sign in to view read count
Michael Attias: Credo Saxophonist Michael Attias has played a bunch of gigs as a sideman with some well known musicians over the years, but recently he has started to make releases as a leader. His singular effort Credo, recorded in 1999, is finally seeing the light of day.

The music has a joyous positive energy from the opening title track. The written material is intelligent and sophisticated without being bloated and pretentious. Mark Taylor (French horn) solos first and leads it back perfectly to more written material and a tempo change. Attias' solo on alto sax is burning from note one with Igal Foni (drums) and Chris Lightcap (bass) urging him on, leading into some skillful yet gutsy call and response writing. Reut Regev (trombone) also turns in a great solo. Yet another tempo and groove change leads into Sam Bardfeld's violin solo, which is good—perhaps riddled with a few too many "hot licks" (cliches), but still on the same page with the other soloists and the written material. The title track is concise, which adds to its overall power; how many people know how to balance writing and improvisation? Not many. Attias is one.

"Dream That Darn starts out like some twisted football fight song, then moves quickly to a slow, sultry swing—then double-time. Intelligent but not clever to the point of annoyance, the written material leads into another first-rate trombone solo by Regev and another wonderful solo by the leader, again on alto. On the short-ish "Labat," Attias switches from alto to baritone. It's a welcome change in orchestration and he certainly uses the full range of the instrument.

Though this is Attias' CD, the leader has the confidence to share the music's solo space. The total sound and collective focus are the greatest strengths of Credo, a strong, original release which goes to show you that it's not always the big names who make the best music.

Track Listing: Credo; I's; Orange; Dream That Darn; Hot Mountain Song; Mes Petites Amoureuses; Labat; Berechit.

Personnel: Michael Attias: alto & baritone saxophones; Reut Regev: trombone; Chris Lightcap: bass; Igal Foni: drums; Mark Taylor: French horn; Sam Bardfeld: violin.

Title: Credo | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 27, 2017
Read The Late Trane CD/LP/Track Review The Late Trane
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "Oratorios and Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Oratorios and Songs
by John Eyles
Published: October 18, 2016
Read "The Long Road" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Road
by Troy Collins
Published: November 20, 2016
Read "Groove Dreams" CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "Protean Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Protean Reality
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 24, 2016
Read "Mannequins" CD/LP/Track Review Mannequins
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: June 9, 2017
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.