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
264

Dan DeChellis Trio: Organic Material

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count Views
Dan DeChellis Trio: Organic Material Good ideas need to be expanded upon rather than repeated, since even the best of them may lose their appeal with multiple restatements. Dan DeChellis' Organic Matter is full of interesting musical concepts that are not really explored to their fullest; rather, they are repeated with each track multiple times, creating a pleasant, hypnotic effect that, in the end, remains heavy on form and light on substance.

The exception is the the lengthy "You're So Perceptive," which starts off sounding like a 1970s Blaxploitation soundtrack but, by DeChellis' masterful improvisation on the electric piano, the piece becomes a higher quality '70s fusion number. Here and elsewhere, Herbie Hancock's imprint is obvious, as is a strong western classicism. This is not to suggest that DeChellis is simply channeling Hancock, but more a matter of building his own unique voice through the iconic pianist's influence.

The music is reminiscent of early jazz rock experiments, but with an interesting modern twist. The main soloist is DeChellis but, under his able leadership, bassist Mitch Shelly and drummer John SanFillipo provide sympathetic rhythmic support throughout. The ensemble interaction creates a unique sound as the trio plays off one another; but the musical ideas rarely evolve, instead remaining confined to interesting outlines made up of a few notes.

Some of Organic Material was recorded live, but the sound throughout is impeccable, with audience applause the only telltale sign of the live numbers.

This is a record full of intriguing musical concepts, but the overall lack of expansion robs it of some of its substance and prevents it from becoming a masterpiece of its genre.


Track Listing: Get It While You Can; Path; Device; You're So Perceptive; The Mature Weekend; Organic Material.

Personnel: Dan DeChellis: piano, keybords; Mitch Shelly: bass; John SanFilippo: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Sachimay Records | Style: Modern Jazz


CD/LP/Track Review
Take Five With...
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Strength And Anger
Strength And Anger
Self Produced
2014
buy
My Age of Anxiety
My Age of Anxiety
Self Produced
2012
buy
Organic Material
Organic Material
Sachimay Records
2009
buy
[no cover]
The Dirigibles...
CBS Associated Records
2001
buy
Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Sachimay Records
2000
buy
[no cover]
Shapes
CBS Associated Records
1999
buy
Paul Bley Paul Bley
piano
Henry Grimes Henry Grimes
bass, acoustic
Rob Price Rob Price
guitar, electric
Ran Blake Ran Blake
piano
Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
saxophone
Daniel Carter Daniel Carter
sax, alto
Kali. Z. Fasteau Kali. Z. Fasteau
multi-instrumentalist

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.