by Scott Andrews
New York City guitarist and composer John Bruschini, a long time sideman in Cecil Taylor's touring groups, offers nine original instrumental tracks of varying jazz and soft fusion styles played in a small band setting on his debut CD as a band leader, As You Were, including nylon string classical guitar and light electric jazz.The morose, nylon string guitar title track opens the record with a sluggish feel, despite lightning quick classical guitar passages in the vein of ...read more
by Dave Hughes
For insatiable lovers of Brasilian music, such as myself, it’s always a pleasure to discover a new artist or group which purveys the genuine, unadulterated goods with a fresh new voice.
Brasil & Company offers just such a pleasure. The program on their self-titled debut is a well-chosen blend of the familiar (Jobim’s “Meditation” and “Double Rainbow,” Horta’s “Gershwin”) and several originals by guitarist Paul Meyers and pianist Cidinho Teixeira. Vera Mara, who sings fluently in both Portuguese and English, ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Jim Nolet finds himself in a decidedly Bossa-Nova Mood on this new Cathexis release.
Syzygy, Jim Nolet's previous Cathexis release, was a cyber cross between Nicolo Paganini and John Coltrane (the latter's Central Park West" and Countdown" being creatively covered by Nolet and his crack band. It was highly virtuosic and smacked of superb technique and intelligent performance. Part of Syzygy 's intelligence was a powerful internal cohesion that revolved around the near avant-guard realm in Jazz. Nolet infuses this ...read more
by Joel Roberts
Guitarist John Bruschini is perhaps best known for his long tenure with Cecil Taylor, as well as his association with some of New York's top avant gardists. So As You Were , his funky, soul-drenched new release on the Cathexis label, comes as somewhat of a surprise.
There's no questioning Bruschini's chops - he's definitely near the top of the crowded guitar summit. But unlike so many rock-informed electric guitarists, he can do more than just play a lot of ...read more
by Jim Santella
The interfusion of jazz and rock music has long been regarded simply as fusion. The format remains the same as with mainstream jazz: unadorned melodies are followed by improvised variations or creative soloing. The melody is usually repeated at the end. Guitarist John Bruschini’s compositions follow those characteristic guidelines. MP3 sound bites for the title track and three other selections are available through the guitarist’s web site .
The title track, As You Were," starts the album with a natural, ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Third Ear is a reissue of sessions guitarist Rez Abbasi recorded in 1991 & 1992 along with a star studded cast of modern jazz luminaries such as bassist Marc Johnson, drummer Peter Erskine, saxophonist Bob Mintzer and others. Here, Abbasi pursues contemporary jazz with a modern or in some instances hard edge yet not quite as bold or adventurous as his exemplary 1998 showing for “Cathexis Records” titled, Modern Memory. Nevertheless, Abbasi turns in a commendable performance as a sculptor ...read more
by David Adler
Third Ear was recorded in 1991 and 1992 and released on the Ozone label in 1995. It’s been remastered and repackaged for Abbasi’s current label, Cathexis. Despite its slightly dated content, the disc demonstrates that nearly a decade ago, Abbasi was already a player and composer to be reckoned with. He also knew all the right people—saxophonists Billy Drewes and Bob Mintzer; pianists Russ Lossing, Kenny Werner, and Marc Copland; bassists Scott Colley and Marc Johnson; drummers Ben Perowsky and ...read more