Dave Zinno Unisphere: FetishBy
The program consists entirely of original compositionsthree each by Zinno and Tucker, two by Genovese, and one apiece by Bloom, Edu Lobo, Paul Nagel and Dom Salvador. Most have their roots planted firmly in the jazz canon, and some display a perceptible Jazz Messengers vibe. Tucker, whose tenor embodies traces of Wayne Shorter, Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley, Billy Harper and other members of drummer Art Blakey's legendary ensembles, as well as some early John Coltrane, is especially incisive on his "Golden Age," which burns with a Messengers- like intensity. Tucker also wrote the less-animated "Melancholy Daydream" and "Over the Horizon."
Genovese also has a keen ear for bop, which he shows on "Out of the Hole" and "Into the Whole," that together must tell some sort of story. Suffice to say that each one inhabits a pleasant groove that lends itself well to crisp solos by all hands save those of Barati who keeps the rhythm humming. Zinno, for his part, makes a strong impression with "Fetish," the melodic "So Close So Far" and enigmatic "Nile," the only number on which the group strays from the norm, and then only for the first two minutes or so. Ray, who solos impressively whenever called upon, arranged Lobo's seductive ballad, "Beatriz," that ever so slightly resembles Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," while Bloom wrote the bracing "Unknown Mystery."
Fetish was recorded in two six-hour sessions in November 2020, and it's clear the musicians were happy to be together again in the midst of a global pandemic that hasn't, as of mid-2021, yet abated. The enjoyment is perceptible, as is the abundance of energy and talent that permeates the Unisphere and makes the group's warm reunion hard to resist.
Fetish; Out of the Hole; Unknown Mystery; The Golden Age; So Close So Far; Beatriz; Future History; Melancholy Daydream; Over the Horizon; Into the Whole; Nile; Meu Fraco e Cafe Forte.
Dave Zinno: bass; Eric Benny Bloom: trumpet; Mike Tucker: saxophone, tenor; Tim Ray: piano; Leo Genovese: keyboards; Rafael Barata: drums; Rafael Rocha: trombone.
Title: Fetish | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Whaling City Sound
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