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Jazz-rock gets a college education with this ensemble’s third release. The trio receives some bonus coverage thanks to modern jazz violinist Mark Feldman and “Brand X,” guitarist John Goodsall’s inspiring performances. In fact, the now legendary “Brand X” aggregation features the members of “Tunnels:” Percy Jones (bass), Marc Wagnon (midi vibes) and Frank Katz (drums). Hence, the musicians maintain an ongoing working relationshipmuch to our delight.
The group dishes out a program consisting of polytonal sound shaping episodes, asymmetrically inclined angles, and variegated perspectives. Wagnon utilizes samples, synths, and his midi vibes to provide a scenario that hints at a virtual front line soloing section. On “Syzygy Incident,” he injects clavichord samples and tainted B-3 organ treatments atop Jones and Katz’ pumping rhythms and well-timed unison choruses. But this is just a tease, mind you. Because Goodsall and Feldman go toe to toe on the following piece titled, “Wall To Wall,” as the violinist renders lavishly stated lines in concert with the guitarist’s rapid-fire single note leads. Nonetheless, the soloists’ dutifully up the ante on several occasions.
The musicians’ artistry continues during the twenty-minute burner, “7,584,333,440 Miles Away,” as they pursue a series of mini themes amid polyrhythmic flurries and a blitzing line of attack. In addition, Goodsall’s machine gun like progressions and the band’s rendering of forbidden dreamscapes culminate with a tuneful jazz-based vibe. Feldman returns during “High Tea at 49th and 10th” – where Katz and Jones go beyond the call of duty via a tumultuously reverberating hybrid swing/rock groove. Here, the rhythm section operates on all cylinders in support of Wagnon’s understated midi vibe soloing.
Progressivity transcends any preconceived notions of fusion and jazz-rock, as the band’s holistic viewpoint signifies an all-embracing sound and style. Consequently, this one should not be overlooked! (Strongly recommended)
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com