With each member of the trio fulfilling an equal role, Renzi, Kamaguchi and Weinstein have put together a session of exciting modern mainstream jazz that’s both creative and lyrical. With nods to several of the original builders of this idiom - Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk – the trio comes out quite fresh and unique. Jimmy Weinstein, who studied with Max Roach at the University of Massachusetts, performs his own tribute, "Dear Max," as an unaccompanied drum solo. Masatoshi Kamaguchi, a native of Japan and a one-time engineering student at Tokyo’s Hosei University, performs lyrical acoustic bass solo features on every track. Saxophonist Matt Renzi can’t help it; he’s got woodwind expertise in his blood. Renzi’s father is principal flautist for the San Francisco Symphony, while his grandfather was principal oboist with Toscanini’s NBC Symphony Orchestra. The tie that binds these three trio members together is their educational experience, studying jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The traditional roles for bass and drums are ignored as each trio member plays an equal part. While drummer shimmers and taps creatively throughout, bassist and saxophonist interweave melodic lines. On the classic bebop tune "Au-Leu-Cha," Renzi has Charlie Parker’s role while bassist Kamaguchi assumes Miles Davis’ trumpet (musical) character. Highly recommended, Lines And Ballads combines a traditional mainstream format with a modern three-way creative approach.
Track Listing: New Line; Eronel; My Love; Au-Leu-Cha; Turn Out the Stars; Dear Max; East of the Sun; The Ballad of the Sad Young Men; Barbados.
Personnel: Matt Renzi- tenor saxophone; Masa Kamaguchi- bass; Jimmy Weinstein- drums.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.