248

Joseph Lepore: Journal

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Joseph Lepore: Journal Written, arranged, and produced by bassist Joseph Lepore, Journal is one solid and reliable recording with a consistent and upright sound. As a leader, he joins his bass with tenor saxophonist Lance Murphy, vibraphonist Tim Collins, and rock-solid drummer Nasheet Waits.

Lepore, born in New York, grew up in Italy, absorbing the jazz scene in Salerno and Rome. First noticed with saxophonist Rosario Giuliani, he was quickly recruited by Greg Osby when he moved to New York, and can be heard on the saxophonist's 9 Levels (Inner Circle, 2008).

As a player, he never neglects the groove. On the opening post-bop workout, "Running," the quartet burns through a rapid and somewhat feverish pace, with Murphy soloing first, followed by Collins with his references to the 1960s playing of Bobby Hutcherson. Anchored by Lepore and Waits, this music can go just about anywhere. The group spins out a Thelonious Monk tribute on "Sphere's," dashing Monk's distinct vocabulary against a basic swinging background, with Lepore and Waits again sorting through complex rhythms to make them accessibly engaging. When Lepore solos, he plays within the bebop tradition, almost as if he were the son of Ron Carter.

The joy of this record is its perpetual groove. Lepore maintains the head-nodding, toe-tapping sound through a semi-waltz "Waiting For Better Times," an ever-shifting "The Lazy One" written in 5/4, and the insistent "The Vampire." The disc ends with the balladic "Drawing Hands," which allows the band to stretch out and solo in a slow dance with Lepore's bass notes.

Journal is a consistently enjoyable outing.


Track Listing: Running; Waiting For Better Times; Puzzle; Sphere's; The Lazy One; The Big Apple; The Vampire; Drawing Hands.

Personnel: Joseph Lepore: bass, string bass sections (8); Lance Murphy: tenor saxophone; Tim Collins: vibraphone; Nasheet Waits: drums.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Inner Circle Music


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "More Stories from the Village" CD/LP/Track Review More Stories from the Village
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 13, 2016
Read "Shapes" CD/LP/Track Review Shapes
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: August 24, 2016
Read "Heritage" CD/LP/Track Review Heritage
by James Nadal
Published: October 3, 2016
Read "Spin Cycle" CD/LP/Track Review Spin Cycle
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 13, 2016
Read "Yo!" CD/LP/Track Review Yo!
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 20, 2016
Read "Skyjack" CD/LP/Track Review Skyjack
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

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!