2

Kate Gentile: Mannequins

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count
Kate Gentile: Mannequins
With the stimulating Mannequins, the New York based drummer Kate Gentile has created a cohesive and engaging album. On this first release under her own name, Gentile superbly balances emotive passion and intellectual acumen. Her intricate compositions are simultaneously fully realized and vibrantly supple and pliant as to allow for independent spontaneous expressions.

The band's angular and crisp refrains build and intensely expectant ambience on the haunting "Trapezoidal Nirvana." Pianist Matt Mitchell plays a crisp and resonant cascade of notes over Gentile's piquant rumble and restless beats. With bassist Adam Hopkins' yearning solo a lyrical wistfulness enters the tune that reedman Jeremy Viner embellishes with his introspective and cerebral musings. The concluding collective performance is hypnotic, perturbing and impressive.

Scattered through the longer, more expansive tracks, there are short and poignant musical sketches. These are an integral part of the record and demonstrate the ensemble's close synergy. Gentile's galloping thuds and crashing cymbals open the otherworldly "Sear" with a bang. The other musicians contribute phrases that brim with measured dissonance enhancing the eerie mood. The tense "Xenomorphic" starts off as a vigorous thundering duet between Gentile and Hopkins. The angst-ridden piece tumbles headlong through Mitchell's electronic soundscape to a memorably moving finale.

This intriguing album closes with fiery and thrillingly complex "SSGF." The quartet's ardent and mesmerizing vamps build an exquisitely multidimensional and crystalline framework. Mitchell contributes incisive, cogent melodic fragments , while Hopkins' delightfully dark bass-lines add a foreboding edge to the music. Viner blows with unfettered fervor while Gentile's percussion anxiously percolates. The riotous melee gives way to a somber mood as the disc ends.

Mannequins is a surprisingly mature work that showcases Gentile's superb talents as a performer, a composer and a band leader. On it Gentile demonstrates a unique and individualistic style as well as seamless camaraderie with her sidemen. This auspicious debut whets the appetite of more to come from this exciting artist.

Track Listing

stars covered in clouds of metal; trapezoidal nirvana; unreasonable optimism; hammergaze; Otto, on alien shoulders; xenomorphic; wrack; cardiac logic; full lucid; sear; Micronesia parakeet; alchemy melt [with tilt]; SSGF.

Personnel

Jeremy Viner:tenor sax, clarinet; Matt Mitchell: piano, Prohpet 6, electronics; Adam Hopkins: bass; Kate Gentile: drums, vibraphone.

Album information

Title: Mannequins | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Skirl Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Waterwheel
Daniel Thatcher
New Leaves
Dan Rose, Claudine Francois
Astonishments
Steve Swell
A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton...
Transformation
Glenn Close/Ted Nash
Special Edition: Procedural Language
Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp
Ever Since The World Ended
Lauren White and the Quinn Johnson Trio
Rah! Rah!
Claire Daly

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.