This one carries you away with a solid rhythmic groove that flows naturally from ancient springs somewhere up above. Drinking from these waters will definitely extend your life far beyond the family doctor's expectations.
With Groove Station, trumpeter Cifelli brings his mellow sound around for a session of fun and excitement. The quiet soul of Eddie Harris and the rollicking characteristic backbeat of James Brown provide natural influences for this band. Cifelli leads with a natural grasp for what drives us. His band's soulful melodies and each soloist's creative jams converge on our senses. They drive us with a powerful spirit.
"Sertão" drives gently with a contagious samba aura. The leader's mellow flugelhorn brings this one around with a festive air. "Chaotica" stands out as the hottest item on the program, as guest saxophonist Joel Frahm tears it up. "Long Time Comin'," a relaxed blues, features guitarist Dave Phelps with a vocal-like introduction. Cifelli's tightly muted trumpet explains this one emphatically with a searing cry. He wears his heart on his shirtsleeve for this one. "Old School" emphasizes the ensemble's united groove with Will Boulware on organ in a Tower of Power frame of mind. Phelps' guitar and Mike Leslie's bass follow with hearty solos that release a powerful spate of emotion.
"Groove Station" sets the right mood. All we have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the prescriptive formula that Jim Cifelli has discovered. It's medicine for the soul.
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Track Listing: Groove Station, You Better Believe It, Time Out, Chaotica, Young Dan, Sertao, Long time Comin', Old School
Personnel: Jim Cifelli--trumpet, flugelhorn; Dan Cipriano--alto and tenor saxophones; Joel Frahm--sprano saxophone on "Chaotica"; Dave Phelps--guitar; Will Boulware--keyboards; Mike Leslie--bass; Ray Marcica--drums
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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