119

Carlos Abadie Quintet: Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1

Karl Ackermann By

Sign in to view read count
Carlos Abadie Quintet: Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1 Jersey City native Carlos Abadie has been a mainstay on the New York City jazz circuit for almost two decades. The trumpeter and composer has been a member of pianist Jason Lindner's big band and has worked with bassist Omer Avital and saxophonists Illinois Jacquet and Mark Turner. His debut as a leader, Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1, is a straight-ahead collection of seven covers from the bebop/hard bop era, along with one original from the leader and one from saxophonist Joe Sucato. Abadie and his group demonstrate a great deal of potential on this startup effort.

That Abadie self-identifies with the masters of a bygone era, will be no surprise when hearing these highly structured pieces that subscribe to a somewhat collective group sound, augmented by a repeated pattern of soloing. Abadie, Sucato and pianist Jon Lefcoski take a rotational approach to their solo time, occasionally mixing the order of appearance but always following a formula. Bassist Jason Stewart and drummer Luca Santaniello provide distinctive rhythmic textures while effectively guiding frequent shifts in tempo.

While up-tempo pieces dominate the collection, the quintet takes a couple of leisurely detours. Abadie resurrects the aged "Funny (Not Much)" as an appropriately slow tempo ballad—the first time in the set that the pace takes a much-needed breather. Opening with successive solos from Lefcoski and Abadie, the piece slowly drifts into a Sucato solo that allows him to express longer, more fluid lines. While there is enough innovative playing to give the song a fresh identity, it remains a nostalgic treatment. The other down tempo tune is Kenny Dorham's ballad "La Mesha," and it is given much the same treatment, albeit without much discernable ad-libbing.

There are three Horace Silver covers on Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1, each a fast-paced and true-to-form interpretation of the original. The first of these, "Pyramid," features an almost subliminal Latin rhythm similar to the inflections that were common to the period music of Dizzy Gillespie. About halfway through the collection, Sucato lifts the group out of its very structured mode with some inventive improvisation on his own composition, "Action Jackson."

While Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1 becomes somewhat predictable, Abadie and company are talented musicians with much to offer, generating a high level of anticipation for a more opened-up sequel.


Track Listing: People on the Hill; Pyramid; Metamorphosis; Funny (Not Much); Action Jackson; Each Time I think Of You; Moon Rays; Hub's Nub; La Mesha.

Personnel: Carlos Abadie: trumpet; Joe Sucato: tenor saxophone; Jon Lefcoski: piano; Jason Stewart: bass; Luca Santaniello: drums.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Pursuance Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Never Group" CD/LP/Track Review Never Group
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 21, 2016
Read "Parachute" CD/LP/Track Review Parachute
by Mike Jacobs
Published: September 13, 2016
Read "The Final Concert" CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Near Life Experience" CD/LP/Track Review Near Life Experience
by John Kelman
Published: June 27, 2016
Read "As subtle as tomorrow" CD/LP/Track Review As subtle as tomorrow
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 9, 2016
Read "Fellow Creatures" CD/LP/Track Review Fellow Creatures
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 25, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!