293

Jerome Sabbagh / Ben Monder / Daniel Humair: I Will Follow You

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Jerome Sabbagh / Ben Monder / Daniel Humair: I Will Follow You How do you cook up innovative and inspiring jazz these days? Take a standard quintet and peel away the bassist (time keeper), then eliminate the pianist or chordal steward, and you are left with maybe the purest form of improvisation and interaction: the jazz trio. Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh's trinity, heard on I Will Follow You, includes guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Daniel Humair.

Sabbagh is a French-born tenor/soprano saxophonist who now lives in Brooklyn. His previous discs—the standards sax/bass/drums trio of One Two Three (Bee Jazz, 2009) and quartet session with Monder, Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007)—have both been well-received, though neither could have forecast the arrival of this commanding session. Maybe it is the lineup here that makes the record: Monder, a perpetually underappreciated Player, has been the choice of saxophonists like Donny McCaslin, Bill McHenry, and Tony Malaby; likewise, Humair's been recording with Malaby of late, but has accompanied the likes of Dexter Gordon, Bud Powell, and Chet Baker throughout the decades.

At first blush, the trio recalls Paul Motian's now famous trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, but after due consideration it becomes clear that they are less polite...and a bit more aggressive. Although Sabbagh composed the bulk of the music heard, six of the thirteen tracks are purely improvised. Recorded with no rehearsals, the disc has a spontaneous nature, even the sole standard, "I Should Care." Sabbagh leaves space for the session to break into duos, and some inspiring solos. The title track is a great example of the swinging open nature of this session, with Humair's ceaseless energy of stick and brushwork underlying Sabbagh's probing tenor and the distortion-laden Monder. Sabbagh leaves space for time to become fluid on "The Clown," a note-chasing track that finds Monder in pursuit of Sabbagh's horn. Elsewhere, Monder is given free reign, shredding "Rahaan" and "Saloon" with rock attitude, while Humair is content to march behind, as Sabbagh whistles a happy tune on his soprano.

When things do calm, the sound is no less satisfying, as "Haiku" and "Apaisé" drift along, with dreamy tones, and poetic and elegant flair.

I Will Follow You is a complete recording.

Track Listing: I Will Follow You; Monolith; The Clown; Comptine; Come With Me; More; La Fée Morgane; Saloon; Apaisé; Rahan; Haiku; We Play, The You Play; I Should Care.

Personnel: Jerome Sabbagh: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ben Monder: guitar; Daniel Humair: drums.

Title: I Will Follow You | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Bee Jazz


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read The Bug CD/LP/Track Review The Bug
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Sing Me Some Cry CD/LP/Track Review Sing Me Some Cry
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Masters In Bordeaux CD/LP/Track Review Masters In Bordeaux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 19, 2017
Read On Parade In Parede CD/LP/Track Review On Parade In Parede
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2017
Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" CD/LP/Track Review Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 7, 2017
Read "Polygon" CD/LP/Track Review Polygon
by Pascal-Denis Lussier
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Danse" CD/LP/Track Review Danse
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 7, 2017
Read "Triple Exposure" CD/LP/Track Review Triple Exposure
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "The Twilight Fall" CD/LP/Track Review The Twilight Fall
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 9, 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.