219

Bob Mintzer Quartet: In the Moment

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Bob Mintzer Quartet: In the Moment Fourteen years with the Yellowjackets is only a part of what saxophonist Bob Mintzer represents. He has also led his big band and smaller ensembles through jazz's mainstream time and again over a career that spans more than thirty years of contemporary jazz. His tenor saxophone gives this album a cool quality that turns each melody into a flexible vine that grows around and through the garden.

The occasion for this session was a gathering of friends; thus, the spontaneity and cohesiveness of their performance. The balance of the recording gives all four instrumental voices an equal presence. Piano and saxophone spend a lot of time moving side by side through melodic encounters that warm the room. December in Ossining, New York can put a chill in the air. Mintzer's quartet takes care of that right quick.

"Time After Time" and "Listen Here" ring familiar, while the other selections are original pieces. Pianist Phil Markowitz contributes "Forgiveness," which closes the session with a soulful ballad commentary.

Mintzer picks up his bass clarinet for "Blues, which lets everyone release with considerable ease. It's the high point of the album. Here, the quartet finds a comfortable groove that won't quit. Clarinet and piano roll with the punches, while bass and drums drive solidly underneath. The ease with which Mintzer's quartet takes to the blues makes you want to sit right down and create some lyrics for the song.

He also plays bass clarinet on "What's the Word, which provides a light melody that swings comfortably. A light, Latin groove shows up in "Play Pretty, which shares its gentle nature with a dance-like quality.

Mintzer delivers a fresh session with his quartet that reminds us how valuable good friends can be. He and his three musical partners share their Moment with a mainstream audience that can represent all aspects of the far-reaching jazz umbrella.


Track Listing: Straight Ahead; Listen Here; Time After Time; Aha; Simple Song; Whats the Word; Play Pretty; Blues; Forgiveness.

Personnel: Bob Mintzer: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Jay Anderson: bass; Phil Markowitz: piano; John Riley: drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Art of Life Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Sol Boricua" CD/LP/Track Review Sol Boricua
by James Nadal
Published: April 30, 2016
Read "Hank Mobley" CD/LP/Track Review Hank Mobley
by Greg Simmons
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "The Music Of Jackie McLean" CD/LP/Track Review The Music Of Jackie McLean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 6, 2016
Read "Across the Universe" CD/LP/Track Review Across the Universe
by Dave Wayne
Published: May 1, 2016
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by Troy Collins
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "Bombogenic" CD/LP/Track Review Bombogenic
by Dave Wayne
Published: May 21, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!