167

Ken Serio: Live...In the Moment

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Ken Serio: Live...In the Moment Drummer Ken Serio has been skirting the indie environs for a number of years, scoring impressive dates with Ronnie Earl, Calvin Hill, Ken Wessell, Virginia Mayhew, and Vic Juris, the latter of whom joins Serio on his live outing Live...In the Moment.

Live ... in the Moment represents the essence of jazz: four musicians who generally do not play together join up in a club and, fueled simply by their respective chops, create an extended session of top-flight music. The two-CD set, recorded live at a Montclair, N.J. club, is full of mostly original material dominated by the bass of Mark Egan and guitars of Juris and Pete McCann, relegated to the left and right stereo channels respectively.

That is not to overlook the Serio's work, however, who produced the album and offers aggressive playing that drives the band in its rock-influenced work: The result is a noisy, rocking affair. Guitarists Juris and McCann take great glee in divining sounds from their electric instruments that they may have been making in their respective garages when they were teenagers.

The guitarists do this with the greatest sincerity, performing with a creative abandon that produces a bulldozer of sound and rhythm. Mark Egan, for his part, provides an elastic underpinning that allows the group to sway from side-to-side in its collective brand of swing. Egan is a master of producing the rhythmic burp from his five-string electric bass that pops with electricity.

In all of this, Serio thunders when he needs to and propels when called upon. It is obvious Serio is an educator; his chops are too well-informed. His playing is at once devastating and delicate. One would hope to hear this band again, perhaps under more structured circumstances. But then again, that may ruin the music.


Track Listing: CD1: Nigel's Dance; Big Blue Cars; Blue Lake; Frixin!; Grandma's House; 3 Way Mirror; Bean Town; Shenandoah; 1000 Words. CD2: I Wish I Never Met You; Sammy's Smile; Belluno Skies; Willamette Valley; The Return Of Doctor Zero; Purple Dream; Swunk; The Grouchy Sleeper; Tomorrow's Another Day; Eighty One.

Personnel: Ken Serio: drums and percussion; Vic Juris: guitar; Pete McCann: guitar; Mark Egan: bass.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Tripping Tree Music | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 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 Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Soldani Dieci Anni" CD/LP/Track Review Soldani Dieci Anni
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 5, 2016
Read "No Favorites!" CD/LP/Track Review No Favorites!
by Troy Collins
Published: November 27, 2016
Read "Navigation Without Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Navigation Without Numbers
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 3, 2016
Read "Contrasts" CD/LP/Track Review Contrasts
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 30, 2016
Read "Say So" CD/LP/Track Review Say So
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 14, 2016
Read "Equal Crossing" CD/LP/Track Review Equal Crossing
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: August 10, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!