by Dan Bilawsky
The title of this record is something of a double entendre, referencing both the arrival of a milestone birthday for drummer-composer Jae Sinnett and the specific decade that helped influence his outlook on music, art, and life in general. But don't let that information fool you. This isn't some nostalgia-filled date with flower power filigree. This is modern jazz that sells itself through the marriage of sophistication and accessibility. And while those two might seem like strange bedfellows, they shouldn't. ...read more
by John Barron
It's Telling...A Drummer's Perspective is the brain-child of powerhouse drummer/composer Jae Sinnett. The disc features eight original pieces for quartet, composed by the veteran drummer, ranging in style from hard-hitting fusion to straight-ahead bebop. The music is challenging, yet saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Terry Burrell, all long-time Sinnett collaborators, perform flawlessly through the intricacies of odd-meters and acrobatic song structures.
As the title suggests, this is a drummer's record. Sinnett is not shy about putting himself ...read more
by Todd S. Jenkins
Master drummer Jae Sinnett strikes more gold with his sixth album, full of adventurous time signatures, ear-grabbing melodies and no small dose of funk. The ensemble includes keyboardist Allan Farnham, bassist Terry Burrell and saxophonist Elias Haslanger (who has recorded several excellent albums on his own, including 1997's For The Moment). The tracks include a fun-spirited 7/4 tribute to Keith Jarrett, the mysterious 11/4 'Snake Charmer', a lovely jazz waltz, a nightmarish piano/drum improv and 'Velas' by Ivan Lins (of ...read more