All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

7

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: Moment & The Message

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson communicates a vibrantly rhythmic platform on Moment & The Message. His resume includes work with alto saxophone luminaries Steve Coleman and Steve Lehman; the album opener "Circus" is stylistically framed on pioneering woodwind legend Henry Threadgill's geometrically patterned compositions. But Finlayson rests on his own laurels with this debut solo effort. The set is highlighted by snappy detours, brisk arrangements, zigzagging pulses, and nimble interludes that offset the darting and impactful dialogues between the soloists.

Similar in scope to the looseness exhibited by Coleman's M-Base output, Finlayson's music expands and contracts, serving as an outline that encompasses difficult time signatures amid an open-air approach to jazz improvisation, partly due to pianist David Virelles' fluid solo spots. The band whirls though precise unison choruses, fronted by the leader's razor-sharp lines and paradigm shifts. Throughout, Finlayson's densely populated harmonic layers spark a manifold viewpoint; whether the band takes a left turn, stays on course, or slants to the right, the sum-of-the-parts radiates the trumpeter's beguiling mindset.

"Tensegrity" is a noteworthy work, commencing with guitarist Miles Okazaki's genial acoustic voicings and differentiated by Finlayson's festive phrasings, subliminally tinted with shades of Spanish bravura, even though the piece touches on the classical element. As a soloist, Finlayson employs classic, bop-like spacing. He breathes fire, but displays finely honed command and control techniques while making every note count.

Backed by a talented support system, "Sicilian Defense" is named after a chess opening move. And true to form, the album's abundant nooks and odd-metered beats may be analogous to the positioning advantages and maneuver of a strategic chess match.

Track Listing: Circus; Lo Haze; Ruy Lopez; Carthage; Tensegrity; Le Bas-Fond; Tyre; Fives and Pennies; Scaean Gates.

Personnel: Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet; Miles Okazaki: guitar; David Virelles: piano; Keith Witty: bass; Damion Reed: drums.

Title: Moment & The Message | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Pi Recordings

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
3 Times Round

3 Times Round

Pi Recordings
2018

buy
Moving Still

Moving Still

Pi Recordings
2017

buy
Moving Still

Moving Still

Pi Recordings
2016

buy
Still Moving

Still Moving

Pi Recordings
2016

buy
Moment And The Message

Moment And The Message

Pi Recordings
2013

buy
Moment & The Message

Moment & The Message

Pi Recordings
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read Subtle Disguise CD/LP/Track Review
Subtle Disguise
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Introverted Cultures CD/LP/Track Review
Introverted Cultures
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Flyway CD/LP/Track Review
Flyway
by Geannine Reid
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Crime Zone CD/LP/Track Review
Crime Zone
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Begin the Agora CD/LP/Track Review
Begin the Agora
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Time Like This CD/LP/Track Review
Time Like This
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2018
Read "Vision Songs Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Vision Songs Vol. 1
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 8, 2018
Read "Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery" CD/LP/Track Review Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 2, 2017
Read "Powered by Life" CD/LP/Track Review Powered by Life
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 24, 2018
Read "Early to Late" CD/LP/Track Review Early to Late
by John Eyles
Published: March 29, 2018
Read "Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)" CD/LP/Track Review Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)
by John Kelman
Published: June 6, 2018
Read "Sheroes" CD/LP/Track Review Sheroes
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 3, 2018