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The title song has a Benoit/Guaraldi feel to it. Mamet carries the lead in playful fashion. During the song's climax, he scores a series of descending rolls.
"Venice Waltz" is a charming piece. La Barbera adds some extra flavoring with cymbal slides and soft strokes on the snare. Oles steps out front briefly during a bridge that sets up the closing.
Oles and La Barbera are more involved on "At Play," an upbeat, free-spirited song. Bass and piano are in unison during the introduction. The bass continues the stair-step rhythm while the piano moves on to the melody. La Barbera gets to lick his chops in a call-and-response with Oles. The trio is sharp throughout.
Any time you get a collection of all-original compositions performed by a solid group of jazz musicians, you're likely in for a treat. Impromptu delivers on that promise in a stylish, albeit brief (under 40 minutes total), set. Although Oles and La Barbera don't get to stretch out much, they complement Mamet perfectly. Even in the background, they present integral parts of the performance.
Track Listing: Impromptu; Cats on the Roof; Venice Waltz; At Play; Until Morning; Danzon Allegretto; Bob's Blues; Illinois Road; Keziah; Impromptu (Reprise).
Personnel: Bob Mamet: piano; Darek Oles; bass; Joe La Barbera: drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.