97

K. Norton - B. Celusak - A. Eulau: Iron Monkey Trio

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Drummer/percussionist/composer Kevin Norton represents one of jazz's modern day pioneers. Whether performing and recording with saxophonist/composer and new music icon Anthony Braxton or engaging free jazz with serious compositional intentions, the artist has also assisted with the development of students seeking broader horizons. However, this trio-based endeavor suggests a mini collective of sorts, where everyone gets a fair shake.

The musicians propagate a huge wall of sound via their inspiring interpretations of Miles Davis' "Nardis," Monk's "I Mean You," and original compositions. On "O/R," the band surges forward with a straightforward, mid-tempo swing vamp, punctuated by saxophonist Bob Celusak's breezy choruses. Here, Norton embellishes the rhythmic developments with a series of well-placed rim shots, sweeping fills, and a fervent polyrhythmic attack, aided by bassist Andy Eulau's powerful bottom end. The band has some fun with the primary theme during the piece titled "This Loving Thing," where Norton hammers his dark ride cymbal amid peppery exchanges with Celusak. Otherwise, the musicians enrich the diversity of the program with a thoughtfully arranged, free jazz style mini suite, titled "Suite in Three Parts."

It is easily discernible that this unit conveys a festive disposition. Perhaps we can borrow a rock n' roll expression by stating that there is - a whole lot of shakin' goin on - as these musicians perpetuate a massive sound marked by their blistering interplay, turbulently executed grooves and indisputable synergy. Recommended!

Cadence Building


Track Listing: 1.O/R 2.Nardis 3.CIMPly Da Blues 4.This Loving Thing 5.I Mean You 6.December 19,2000 (for Milt Hinton) 7.Walking the Dogma 8.Thoughts of the Iron Monkey 9.Footprints 10.Suite in Three Parts

Personnel: Kevin Norton: drums, percussion

Title: Iron Monkey Trio | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: CIMP Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio CD/LP/Track Review Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Moment Frozen CD/LP/Track Review Moment Frozen
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Minor Step CD/LP/Track Review Minor Step
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 19, 2017
Read A Meeting Of Spirits CD/LP/Track Review A Meeting Of Spirits
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 18, 2017
Read First Light CD/LP/Track Review First Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 18, 2017
Read "Meditations on Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Meditations on Freedom
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 11, 2017
Read "Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'" CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Persuasion" CD/LP/Track Review Persuasion
by Jeff Winbush
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "I Know Who I Am" CD/LP/Track Review I Know Who I Am
by James Nadal
Published: July 26, 2017
Read "Aural Vertigo" CD/LP/Track Review Aural Vertigo
by Daniel Barbiero
Published: July 9, 2017
Read "The Elements" CD/LP/Track Review The Elements
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 25, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.