132

Sai Ghose: New Blood

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Sai Ghose: New Blood Jazz's modern mainstream needs new blood in the form of emerging artists, innovative ideas, and creative new compositions. Pianist Sai Ghose comes up with a welcome plan on New Blood, bringing several new pieces to interpret with his quartet. They're tight. Everything seems to click as the four artists turn loose a spate of creative fire that spins with a rhythmic groove while paying respects to melodic beauty.

Six AM comes equipped with a gospel flavor that soothes with a light, mellow texture. Everyone seems to relish the idea of paying tribute to conventional wisdom. With "Cinq-ro-mesh, the quartet moves through an enjoyable suite of hard-driving anxiety that grooves in 5/4, then walks the jazz walk, and eventually returns to its original feisty mood. Similarly, Ghose takes the quartet on an adventure with "Talkin' Trash, which features a lovely piano outing filled with hip attitude. The piece turns contemporary in its transition, while the quartet's texture remains conventional. They've realized the best of both worlds.

Guitarist Mark Jodice lends considerable fire to the quartet's adventure, and both bass and drums contribute stellar support. They both solo, too, giving the program plenty of creative variety. Ghose's "The Strut ambles gracefully with a comfortable blues outlook, while Jodice's "Zeal rips up-tempo in an ambitious attack that pushes hard but comes from traditional, straight-ahead ancestry.

They close with "Signature, which Ghose wrote with swing and comfortable ease on his mind. The piece's lovely bossa mood allows the quartet to exit confidently with a firm, forward-looking view of where jazz should be heading.


Track Listing: New Blood; Cinq-ro-mesh; Just Before Six AM; Six AM; Talkin

Personnel: Sai Ghose: piano; Mark Jodice: guitar; Jerry Wilfong: bass; Craig Fahey: drums.

Title: New Blood | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Summit Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Unnatural  Events CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Clean CD/LP/Track Review Clean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2017
Read Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations CD/LP/Track Review Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Some Great Songs Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Some Great Songs Vol. 2
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 6, 2017
Read "The Lovers card" CD/LP/Track Review The Lovers card
by James Nadal
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Manovuotometro" CD/LP/Track Review Manovuotometro
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "And to the Republic" CD/LP/Track Review And to the Republic
by Mark F. Turner
Published: October 12, 2016
Read "You & I" CD/LP/Track Review You & I
by James Nadal
Published: June 4, 2017
Read "Cool" CD/LP/Track Review Cool
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: November 21, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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