321

Mike DiRubbo: New York Accent

By

Sign in to view read count
Mike DiRubbo: New York Accent Despite its ever increasing international character, a good deal of the greatest jazz—particularly that performed in Manhattan clubs—is still played with a decidedly New York accent. The sound of the city is an urgent one—its tone dark, its rhythm intense. Saxophonist Mike DiRubbo speaks this language articulately, with a voice that clearly hearkens to his heroes, but is easily recognizable as his own. On this live date, leading a quartet—with an incendiary rhythm section of veteran pianist Harold Mabern and the indomitable bass and drum team of Dwayne Burno and Tony Reedus—through a swinging set at The Kitano, the altoist proves that he has few peers on his instrument in this idiom.

The disc's seven song set, comprised of four originals, a couple of classics and a hip arrangement of a contemporary pop standard, serves up the kind of well-balanced menu of mainstream jazz that one would hope to hear on a night out in one of the city's jazz rooms. The leader's writing is as impressive as his playing. His opening "Clarity is an original take on familiar Trane changes that reflects the inspiration of the tenor master, as well as that of the late Jackie McLean—DiRubbo's mentor and primary influence— while his "The Sage shows the saxophonist's increasing facility on soprano and the impact of Wayne Shorter on his composing. On "New Year's Dream, one of the date's high points, DiRubbo reveals an affinity for the sound of Pharoah Sanders that helps make his sound so unique among today's hard-boppers.

On the Ray Brown/Gil Fuller bebop classic "Ray's Idea, DiRubbo digs deep into his roots and demonstrates his inventiveness and ability to remain lyrical, even when improvising on up-tempos. His lyricism is further showcased on the ballad feature, Duke's "Prelude To A Kiss. Billy Joel's "She's Always A Woman seems like an unlikely piece of pop for a jazz record, but the quartet's time shifting arrangement shows it to be an excellent vehicle for some smoking solos. The closing "Better Days is a powerfully optimistic anthem that again shows the leader's promise as an important young composer. The rhythm section, which plays magnificently throughout, pulls out all the stops on this one and propels the saxophonist to some of the date's greatest heights—imposing ones that should help elevate DiRubbo's under-recognized stature.

Track Listing: Clarity; The Sage; New Year's Dream; Ray's Idea; Prelude to a Kiss; She's Always a Woman; Better Days.

Personnel: Mike DiRubbo: alto sax, soprano sax; Harold Mabern: piano; Dwayne Burno: bass; Tony Reedus: drums.

Title: New York Accent | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Cellar Live


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Departure CD/LP/Track Review Departure
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 26, 2017
Read I Know Who I Am CD/LP/Track Review I Know Who I Am
by James Nadal
Published: July 26, 2017
Read With You In Mind CD/LP/Track Review With You In Mind
by Doug Collette
Published: July 26, 2017
Read Roll On CD/LP/Track Review Roll On
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Slag" CD/LP/Track Review Slag
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "Eight Track II" CD/LP/Track Review Eight Track II
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "The Other Shore" CD/LP/Track Review The Other Shore
by John Sharpe
Published: September 26, 2016
Read "Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!" CD/LP/Track Review Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!
by Budd Kopman
Published: October 3, 2016
Read "Alameda Gardens" CD/LP/Track Review Alameda Gardens
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 22, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!