194

Ted Nash and Still Evolved: In the Loop

By

Sign in to view read count
Ted Nash and Still Evolved: In the Loop
Ted Nash and his Still Evolved quintet's thoroughly appealing In the Loop opens with a strong whiff of the early to mid-'60s Blue Note era, as if the wind which filled the sails of Maiden Voyage stirred again to nudge Nash's embarkation. The opening original "Kensington High, with its misty atmosphere of cymbals and snare rolls and its minor key modal feel, features an appropriately contemplative solo by pianist Frank Kimbrough and the first evidence of Nash's robust, firm and sometimes raspy tenor sax.

In the Loop is noteworthy for the solidity and warmth of its compositions. There's not a weak link among the nine tunes, all Nash originals. Trumpeter Marcus Printup, bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson round out the first-rate quintet.

The record is also an example of the classic '50s and '60s jazz quintet tradition being kept alive and in fact substantially acknowledged, while being reincarnated in a contemporary artist's fresh and compelling vision. Kimbrough's piano solo on "Kensington High, for instance, is redolent of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, yet still an original statement perfectly suited to Nash's modern composition. In other words, the honesty of Nash and his quintet's feeling and intent is paramount and unmistakable.

Another highlight is "Palace, which opens mysteriously and whose chord progression turns some interesting corners before some great interplay among Printup's bouncing trumpet lines, Kimbrough's staccato comping and the incessant forward pulse from Allison and Wilson. Nash's gently beautiful "The Cubist picks up the dark mood and modal quality of the opening track but travels until it emerges on sunnier, higher ground.

Track Listing

Kensington High; Gritty Ditty; In the Loop; Palace; Zaba's Dream; The Cubist; Durning's Dance; Cafe Dupa; Push.

Personnel

Ted Nash: tenor saxophone; Marcus Printup: trumpet; Frank Kimbrough: piano; Ben Allison: bass; Matt Wilson: drums.

Album information

Title: In The Loop | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Palmetto Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near New York City
Jazz Near New York City
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Read Free Hoops
Free Hoops
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio
Read A Walk in the Park
A Walk in the Park
Jerry Cook Quartet +
Read New Aurora
New Aurora
Michael Sarian
Read Unnavigable Tributaries
Unnavigable Tributaries
Vicente / Brice / Sanders
Read How To turn the Moon
How To turn the Moon
Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell
Read The Path
The Path
Chien Chien Lu

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.