168

Steve Cardenas: Panoramic

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Steve Cardenas: Panoramic An observation we might make about jazz albums today, as opposed to the days of vinyl, is that there are a lot more first-rate musicians recording today, for a welter of small, independent CD labels. This means that there is a lot more available, high-quality jazz product today, if the astute listener knows where to look. Which brings us to Panoramic, the latest CD by guitarist Steve Cardenas.

If an album as good as Panoramic had been released thirty years ago, it would have stood out as an exceptional record, a must-buy. It is no disrespect to the gifted Cardenas or this fine CD to state that it is one of any number of first-rate albums to grace the shelves in 2004.

This is a swinging, often intimate quartet session featuring Cardenas' flowing fretwork, the hefty tenor of Tony Malaby, and a swift-thinking, very together rhythm section. The program consists of seven Cardenas originals, a funk treatment of Bird's "Visa," and an outstanding rendition of Monk's "Introspection." Cardenas' tunes are intricate enough to challenge the improviser, and catchy enough to stay in the listener's ear. "Sights" and "Isso E Para Dizer," in particular, have the potential to become jazz standards if enough people hear them.

Steve Cardenas delivers on every solo, particularly on his brilliant "Introspection" improvisation. Malaby, too, is a most satisfying soloist, who uses his mastery of tonal nuance to integrate subtle turns of sound into long, swinging lines.

Panoramic is precisely where the jazz mainstream is, and should be. In an environment filled with top-shelf music, the astute listener is advised to pay attention to Panoramic.

Track Listing: Visa, Sights, Isso E Para Dizer, Just Like I Pictured It, Walkup, Oriel, Introspection, D. Marie, Salsita.

Personnel: Steve Cardenas, guitar; Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Larry Grenadier, bass; Kenny Wolleson, drums.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Blue Moon | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Ha Noi Duo CD/LP/Track Review Ha Noi Duo
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Like, Strange CD/LP/Track Review Like, Strange
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Coalesce CD/LP/Track Review Coalesce
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Il sistema periodico CD/LP/Track Review Il sistema periodico
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Code Noir CD/LP/Track Review Code Noir
by James Nadal
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Welcome to Swingsville! CD/LP/Track Review Welcome to Swingsville!
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 26, 2017
Read "Iridescent Clouds" CD/LP/Track Review Iridescent Clouds
by James Nadal
Published: September 24, 2016
Read "Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin" CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read "El Changüí Majadero" CD/LP/Track Review El Changüí Majadero
by James Nadal
Published: August 11, 2016
Read "The Pauper And The Magician" CD/LP/Track Review The Pauper And The Magician
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 17, 2017
Read "Up and Coming" CD/LP/Track Review Up and Coming
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "I'll Be Seeing You" CD/LP/Track Review I'll Be Seeing You
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT 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!