John Patitucci: Now

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Bassist Patitucci's third release for Concord Jazz is essentially a quartet date with tenors Chris Potter (five tracks) and Michael Brecker (two) augmenting the rhythm section. The horns take a break on the last three tracks, McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace" (a trio), Trane's "Giant Steps" (Patitucci, Stewart) and Patitucci alone on his own composition, "Miya." Patitucci, a proud parent, dedicated the album to his then two-month-old daughter, Sachi Grace, as several of the titles would indicate - "Grace," "Out of the Mouths of Babes," "Labor Day," for example. Patitucci is a fine player; I wish his talents as a composer were more congenial. Of the tunes on Now, all but "Peace" and "Giant Steps" are his, and none leaves much of an impression. And so it is up to the improvisers, chiefly Potter, Brecker and Scofield, to carry the day (with Patitucci contributing the occasional chorus as well, especially on the last three selections). Brecker meanders through the slow-paced "Hope" without much purpose, and fares only marginally better on the opaque "Labor Day." Potter also appears to be going through the motions; we've heard him play with far more passion and resolve on other occasions - although the music isn't exactly fashioned to let him roam free. Scofield is a taste we've yet to acquire, and sharp as Patitucci is, a bass solo is still a bass solo. The quartet tracks sound excessively busy, and it's actually a relief when Patitucci pares things down for the last three numbers, on which he plays a Yamaha 6-string electric bass, which doesn't sound too far removed from the guitar. That's a good thing, as Patitucci must delineate the melody on "Giant Steps" (a tune that fairly begs for a horn) and the classical-sounding "Miya" (where overdubbing turns him into a duo). Some may find this largely subdued and elliptical session a pure delight; others (such as we) shall place it gently on a shelf and leave it there.

Track Listing:

Now; Grace; Out of the Mouths of Babes; Labor Day; Espresso; Forgotten But Not Gone; Search for Peace; Giant Steps; Miya (70:18).


John Patitucci, bass; Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, tenor saxophones; John Scofield, guitar; Bill Stewart, drums.

| Record Label: Concord Music Group | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Inspired" CD/LP/Track Review Inspired
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 4, 2016
Read "Soundscapes" CD/LP/Track Review Soundscapes
by Jim Olin
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "The Rhythm Method" CD/LP/Track Review The Rhythm Method
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 14, 2017
Read "Supernovae" CD/LP/Track Review Supernovae
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 14, 2016
Read "Horizon Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Horizon Ahead
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!