Saxophonist William Gagliardi writes songs with a free jazz posture and a hard bop conscience, a duality which sometimes leads to a kind of psychic split at the middle of a tune. There are various examples of this on Gagliardi's quintet release Memories of Tomorrow. The discourse and tonality between Gagliardi's tenor and John Carlson's trumpet on "Coup d'etat follies recalls Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. Ken Wessel's almost subliminal guitar is the wheel's axle and Lou Grassi's relentless drumming brings to mind Elvin Jones' interplay with Coltrane.
"Let's Play has a cool vamp at the top following the tandem horn intro, Wessel's sparkling economy giving the horns extra elbow room. Gagliardi's vehement alto takes no prisoners as Carlson's trumpet spurs him on. The military march coda that ends the tune sounds forced, however, as if the band couldn't bear to release the song on its own recognizance.
Gagliardi's tenor and Carlson's trumpet dance with measured intensity on the title cut. "Cosmic Monster is an irresistible toe-tapper where the band shows its sense of humor by inserting a Latin melody in the midst of Grassi's percussive highlights and Gagliardi's elephantine blasts. Dave Hofstra's brooding pizzicato bass sets the mood for the spare but memorable "The Key to the Gates.
Grassi's open-the-damn-door drumming, Wessel's elfin guitar swirls and Gagliardi's unbridled alto define the funky "The Question Unanswered. Memories of Tomorrow is a feast for the ears, a sumptuous offering from the man known as Billy Gags.
Track Listing: Coup d'
Personnel: William Gagliardi: alto, soprano & tenor saxophones; John Carlson: trumpet, pocket trumpet; Ken Wessel: guitar; Dave Hofstra: bass; Lou Grassi: drums.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.