This is a limited edition, 250 copy only release offered by the Oregon-based progressive-jazz label KMB Jazz. This quartet generates some high heat via a multi-tiered framework of motifs that partly reside within the freer spectrum of jazz. With a bustling 4/4 marching band progression on the opener, "They Certainly Are Not Great Writers, tenor saxophonist Jonathan Moritz and trumpeter Nate Wooley generate some calamity via howling choruses capped-off by a ferocious meltdown. However, these folks mix it up quite often as they inject zigzagging funk and rock pulses into the grand mix to complement a string of fragmented pulses and moody, slow tempo swing vibes.
In various movements the front line executes gruff and wily dialogues. Nicely articulated dynamics signify a major part of the band's makeover, as they navigate through variable rhythmic metrics used as foundations for a multitude of hues and mini-motifs. But they venture towards an introspective state of affairs on "When We've All Rehearsed Our Separate Parts The Real Thing Will Happen, which is an arrangement that elicits imagery of descending into a sunken valley. They take it way down, due to Moritz and Wooley's dark and extended phrasings. Semi-structured and improvised, this album duly projects the quartet's balanced game-plan. Neither the avant-garde or prog-jazz factions dominate. Nice work gents...
Track Listing: Amorrikkka; They Certainly Are Not Great Writers; 3am Swedetown Bluff; Doin' It All For My Baby; Moore For Mom; Mend More IIIs; When We
Personnel: Jonathan Moritz: tenor sax; Nate Wooley: trumpet; Ken Filiano: bass; Mike Pride: drums and vibraphone.
The first jazz record I received
as a visiting gift from my
Japanese uncle at his
international division of
Toshiba EMI Tokyo was a
sample copy of Miles Davis'
Bitches Brew. A game
changer redirecting my
browsing habits and collection.