219

Seamus Blake: Live in Italy

By

Sign in to view read count
Seamus Blake: Live in Italy Seamus Blake displays impressive talent as a tenor saxophonist, composer and leader on Live in Italy, a double CD documenting his quartet's tour through various cities in 2007, where audiences were treated to an eclectic blend of dynamic originals and standards.

Originals like "The Jupiter Line," "Way Out of Willy" and "Fear of Roaming" favor the bop genre. Blake's tone is clean, with uncluttered lines and robust phrases. The band works off the themes and branches out to sophisticated straight-ahead lines, where pianist David Kikoski, bassist Danton Boller and drummer Rodney Green play vigorously behind Blake. Many jazz re-workings of classical tunes tend to favor driving, up-tempo variations, but Blake's ambitious arrangement of Debussy's "String Quartet in G minor" is surprisingly measured and affecting.

The band plays Duke Ellington's "The Feeling of Jazz" at perfect pitch, with Blake blowing his blues riffs passionately, touching the strident upper register. Kikoski's "Spacing" is a daringly impressionistic flirtation with free music; the dialogue between Blake and Kikoski is crisp as they build on each other's ideas. Green and Boller thrash and brood alongside their band mates and the tune quickly becomes a spirited debate. And the band is undaunted by the chord changes in guitarist John Scofield's "Dance Me Home," another wicked tune driven by Kikoski's brilliant playing. If something must be quarreled with here, it's the use of electronic enhancements in a few songs, such as echo chambers and wah-wah pedals. Their appearance, although sporadic, is a distraction. But this is a minor quibble. Otherwise Live in Italy is an excellent disc.

Track Listing: CD1: The Jupiter Line; Way Out of Willy; String Quartet in G Minor; Fear of Roaming. CD2: The Feeling of Jazz; Spacing; Ladeirinha; Darn That Dream; Dance Me Home.

Personnel: Seamus Blake: tenor saxophone; David Kikoski: piano; Rodney Green: drums; Danton Boller: double-bass.

Title: Live in Italy | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Jazz Eyes


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Flesh & Bone CD/LP/Track Review Flesh & Bone
by Troy Collins
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Generations CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 22, 2017
Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "The Best of Bossacucanova" CD/LP/Track Review The Best of Bossacucanova
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 6, 2017
Read "Radioactive Landscapes EP" CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Streams" CD/LP/Track Review Streams
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 17, 2016
Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" CD/LP/Track Review Blind Curves and Box Canyons
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "What's Wrong" CD/LP/Track Review What's Wrong
by John Sharpe
Published: December 2, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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