Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
168

Jean-Pierre Zanella: Mother Tree

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count Views
Jean-Pierre Zanella: Mother Tree Montreal is justly famous for its annual jazz festival but it also has some very fine musicians that explore the music. At times it feels like the hiding of the lamp behind a bushel when it comes to the opportunity afforded them to give their talent wider exposure. It is left to the smaller, independent labels to do so and it is indeed a blessing when they go out to serve the purpose. This quintet, Daniel Zanella on drums and Guy Thouin on tabla come in for the title track, have been together for 10 years. This makes the comfort zone cozy and gives their music a flowing cohesion.

Of the nine tunes, seven are originals. The writing by Zanella and Gelfand is founded in a strong stream of melody. This makes for a nice cock-of-the-ear attitude and once the hook is in, the players take off developing their flights of invention with shifts in tempo, quirky lines, panache and the sweet feeling of involvement.

Zanella brings a flinty métier to his playing. He likes his honks and his blats but is not averse to laying down punchy lines to give a song firmer body. This trait is manifested on the free-flowing “The Last Parade of Minishtov”, where he whomps and convolutes and adds just a tad of funk pushed by Donato and Brochu. He takes to the soprano for the luminous ballad, “Mother Tree”, his notes falling like gentle dew abetted by Gelfand whose ruminations cast a quiet but beguiling spell. And yes, the tabla does add a distinct percussive atmosphere. Gelfand is an open-minded pianist. He can be vibrant and zesty as he pushes the boundaries of “Minor Injuries”, and then breathe in the gentle air of inspiration on the serene “U & I”.

Visit www.effendirecords.qc.ca .


Track Listing: Minor Injuries; Jelly Fish; Dozen Matter; How Insensitive; What Is; You Go To My Head; U & I; The Last Parade of Minishtov; Mother Tree

Personnel: Jean-Pierre Zanella

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Effendi Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Mother Tree
Mother Tree
Effendi Records
2002
buy

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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