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The title song is an upbeat piece where Nelson's vibes function as a rhythm guitar. Burno's bass line helps carry the piece, likewise with Reedus' crisp work on the drums and cymbals. After DiRubbo's lead, Nelson solos.
"Lunar" injects more energy. The quartet is sharp, with all players showing their chops, whether in lead or background. The alto is out front early, followed by Nelson. After DiRubbo's brief lead, he and Nelson engage in an extended dialogue, setting up the song's conclusion.
"Nightfall" is a more easygoing selection with Nelson, Reedus and Burno setting down a walk-in-the-park pace while DiRubbo leads. As he does throughout, DiRubbo makes it seem effortless, demonstrating several multiple-notes-per-second phrases, including one extended roll. Reedus mixes some rim shots with the cymbals during Nelson's solo.
Though DiRubbo is the bandleader for this set, Nelson is as much of a force. The sax and vibes complement each other well and with Reedus and Burno providing the backdrop, Repercussion scores well.
Track Listing: Repercussion; The Duke; Lunar; Highbridge Lullaby; Nightfall; Déjà
Personnel: Mike DiRubbo: alto saxophone; Steve Nelson: vibraphone; Tony Reedus:
drums; Dwayne Burno: bass.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.