Bob Gullotti, Leo Genovese and Dave Zinno really know how to end their pieces. This may seem incidental or, in any case, not a heavy matter. But it is, especially when you contrast it to the way many jazz musicians end their pieces, if they do at all. Too often, pieces are ended rather than left to proceed to an end and the abruptalmost violently abruptnature of this kind of imposition harms the overall piece. The threesome's collaboration on Planet Safety demonstrates that they can create music that is earthy and strong, made that much stronger by perfectly orchestrated endings that are not mere conclusions, but finales.
Tracks like "Alone Together" serve as tolerable buffer zones between more remarkable tracks; the effect is distracting and the album would be better without them. But the solid tracks are enjoyable and pleasurable to listen to in their entirety and their finales round off the pieces.
The musicianship is immaculate on all ends and the notable pieces hold up the album with dignity and strength. The bass line on the title track, combined with the teasingly saccharine piano notes, creates a bluesy, rocky vibe with an almost lyrical effect. Tracks seven through nine on this album are collectively described as a "Three Cycle Laundry Machine" and each piece is named after the "Agitate," "Rinse" and "Spin" cycles, respectively. If that sounds gimmicky, it is. But it works because each sounds precisely like each of the verbs for which it is named; the domesticity of the actual chore is quickly forgotten in lieu of an encapsulation of more universal things like speed, power and the quiet pauses that make them all the more notable.
"Pinocchio" is an elegant composition whose notes flow into and onto each other without any rough edges. The piece begins to show a few unraveled strings nearing the end of the track and as soon as you begin to suspect of sloppiness, you see that what hinted of sloppiness is in fact an exciting potpourri of sonic goodness that ends majestically.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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