19

Deep Tone Project: Onward

Mark Sullivan By

Sign in to view read count
Another fine collection of contemporary jazz from the Ukrainian collective band Deep Tone Project. The personnel is unchanged from their first album Flow (Fancy Music, 2014). But the compositional input is even more democratic. Previously split between guitarist Aleksandr Pavlov and bassist Konstantin Ionenko, this time a third of the tunes come from the pen of tenor saxophonist Viktor Pavelko. Ionenko plays upright bass on all but two selections here, giving the group a richer, more acoustic sound than on their first outing.

Pavlov's aptly-named "Contemplation" opens the set with a gentle 6/8 lilt, with ample space for his guitar and Pavelko's tenor saxophone. "Dubious Pleasure" is more upbeat, and after a brief unaccompanied guitar introduction includes some overdriven guitar, recalling the overdriven jazz playing of John Scofield—overdriven doesn't have to mean fusion. Pavelko's first contribution is "Pacific Ocean," a true ballad which drummer Pavel Galitsky plays with brushes throughout.

"Megalomania" is built on an especially memorable ostinato pattern on the guitar, one of the few places where the composer's instrument takes a special role. Galitsky's tom-toms are prominent in Ionenko's "Torero Hallucinogene," which ends with a lyrical bass solo. And "Black Depth" again visits slightly more electric territory, with electric bass and overdriven guitar. The closer "Hope" does open with the composer on unaccompanied tenor sax. But it also includes a section for solo bass accompanied only by guitar.

It's great to see a cooperative band return with a recording even stronger than their debut. Good as the band members are individually—as composers and performers—they clearly gain even more strength from playing together. Looking forward to the next installment.

Track Listing: Contemplation; Dubious Pleasure; Pacific Ocean; Slightly Abashed; Megalomania; Heritage; Torero Hallucinogene; Black Depth; Hope.

Personnel: Viktor Pavelko: tenor saxophone; Aleksandr Pavlov: guitar; Konstantin Ionenko: acoustic bass, electric bass (2, 8); Pavel Galitsky: drums.

Title: Onward | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Way of It CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Tag Book CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Hide Ye Idols CD/LP/Track Review Hide Ye Idols
by Troy Collins
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Spavati, Mozda Sanjati CD/LP/Track Review Spavati, Mozda Sanjati
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "Nerve Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Nerve Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 2, 2017
Read "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" CD/LP/Track Review Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 16, 2017
Read "The Time Verses" CD/LP/Track Review The Time Verses
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 1, 2017
Read "Out Of Silence" CD/LP/Track Review Out Of Silence
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "Can't Get Started" CD/LP/Track Review Can't Get Started
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 24, 2017
Read "Kalamazoo" CD/LP/Track Review Kalamazoo
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 2, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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

Please support out sponsor