5

Tyler Blanton: Gotham

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Tyler Blanton: Gotham New York City is the Mecca for musicians, jazz and otherwise. Tributes to the metropolis meet with varying degrees of success. Guitarist/vocalist Lou Reed captured the mood and tone of the big city with his finest recorded outing, New York (Sire Records, 1989). Saxophonist Bob Belden, via his quintet called "Animation," gave the town a menacing hue on his Transparent Heart (101 Distribution, 2012). But the best of the tributes may be vibraphonist Tyler Blanton's Gotham.

Blanton is a transplant, having made the move to New York from California seven years ago. He has absorbed the soul of the city, and he bares that soul with a versatile quartet—bassist Matt Clohesy, drummer Nat Wood and the ever busy sideman, saxophonist Donny McCaslin. With this spare instrumentation the group lays down a fusion of on-edge grooves, techno textures and hard rock ferocity.

The rhythms are animated and relentless, as tight as a late 1960's Motown sound, and they are often intense, a soundtrack for a city that never, ever stops moving, opening with a the CD's trio intro (sans saxophone), "Never Sleeps." McCaslin adds the serpentine lines on "Freaky Dream." The title tune opens with what sound like vibraphone echoings issuing from deep canyons created by close-packed, monolithic buildings, and the near fourteen minute "Tunnels" is a masterful, high-energy subterranean safari, a highlight on this captivating suite, Gotham, a highly original, very modern, chip-on-the-shoulder/you-lookin'-at-me sound.

Track Listing: Never Sleeps; Freaky Dream; Gotham; Cogs; Tunnels; Breaking Through the Clouds

Personnel: Tyler Blanton: vibraphone, malletkat; Matt Clohesy: tenor saxophone; Nate Wood: drums.

Title: Gotham | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Flesh & Bone CD/LP/Track Review Flesh & Bone
by Troy Collins
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Generations CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 22, 2017
Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Live Recitation" CD/LP/Track Review Live Recitation
by Jerome Wilson
Published: June 16, 2017
Read "The Voice of Robert Desnos" CD/LP/Track Review The Voice of Robert Desnos
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace" CD/LP/Track Review Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 17, 2016
Read "TajMo" CD/LP/Track Review TajMo
by James Nadal
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "All Through the Night" CD/LP/Track Review All Through the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: June 17, 2017
Read "Verisimilitude" CD/LP/Track Review Verisimilitude
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 1, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.