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With Infinitesimal Flash revered woodwind specialist John Tchicai teams with the extremely talented tenor saxophonist Francis Wong which makes for a formidable and thoroughly adventurous front-line sax section. As one would presuppose, the musicians explore the outer reaches of jazz boundaries by incorporating power, tenacity and divergent ideologies while merging world beat motifs in seamless fashion. The fun begins on the opening track titled, “Kippiology” featuring the explosive rhythms supplied by bassist Adam Lane and drummer Mat Marucci in support of an engaging theme and heated interplay between the dual tenor saxophonists. “Autumn Moon” evolves into a high-octane burner as Mr. Tchicai picks up the soprano sax and provides a startling contrast to Wong’s deft flute work through various movements. The piece titled, “Melvin Truss” commences with soft ethnocentric tom tom work by Marucci, the saxophonist’s delicate phraseology and otherworldly overtones and ethnic characteristics. Throughout, the musicians weave in and out of a multitude of vividly portrayed themes amid the often heated soloing by the band members. With compositions such as “The Boat” and “T’s Groove”, the musicians toggle between hard core swing, free-bop motifs, solid rock-funk backbeats and fervent dialogue. The title track and closer, “Infinitesimal Flash” features the poignant yet ethereal spoken word narrative by guest artist, jazz industry luminary and friend to many a jazz musician, Mr. Glenn Ito who elicits our imaginative powers amid booming bass lines and undulating currents provided by the soloist’s.
It should be of little surprise that there is not one lackluster or uninspiring microsecond on this fine outing! Then again, we wouldn’t expect anything less from these proven professionals as they sustain their respective and quite noteworthy assaults on compositional structure while displaying superlative improvisational tactics along the way! Recommended.......* * * *
John Tchicai; Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute & Voice: Francis Wong; Tenor Saxophone & Flute: Adam Lane; Bass: Mat Marucci; Drums & Percussion.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...