4

Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count
Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul
Boston native saxophonist Kyle Nasser's debut Restive Soul is a cohesive collection of ten, intriguing and elegantly crafted, Nasser originals. The music has a surprising maturity tempered with passionate spontaneity and a darkly cinematic ambience.

A mysterious aura shrouds the evocative "Shadow Army" that opens with pianist Dov Manski's percussive chords. Guitarist Jeff Miles' agile and expressive strings add a delightfully eerie feel to the tune while Nasser's eloquent improvisation brings a poetic narrative sense to it. Drummer Devin Drobka enhances the ominous, expectant mood with his low rumble that occasionally breaks to the surface of the melody.

Drobka's carefully placed cymbal crashes, Manski's sparse notes and bassist Chris van Voorst's deep reverberations set the dramatic and stately mood on "Gyorgi Goose." Nasser's indigo hued sax gradually fades into the brewing sonic storm the ushers in the piece's second half. The unfettered, imaginative and subtly whimsical ensemble play superbly complements the solemnness of the first part. The evolving stimulating cacophony is replete with Nasser's squawks and honks and his band mates' inventive and riotous harmonies.

Van Voorst's lyrical, conversational solo enhances the late night atmosphere of the delightfully busy and intricately constructed "Trip To Lester's." Nasser's thick, heady tenor meanders among his sidemen's articulate, supportive individual lines.

The relaxed warmth of "Trip To Lester's" contrasts perfectly with the fiery energy of "Radiator Lady." Miles' angular and rock inspired extemporization is refreshingly bold yet melodic. It expands far from the main theme but echoes the very motifs inherent in the composition. Nasser, seamlessly, continues to build on Miles' ideas with his brassy, blues drenched turn in the spotlight. Manski contributes a dynamic and clever cascade of adlib phrases.

With this intelligent, sophisticated and engaging album Nasser showcases his superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader. His exquisitely balanced works reflect both his ardent creativity and his urbane artistic composure and whet the appetite for the next chapter of what is sure to become a brilliant career.

Track Listing

For Rick B; Angelique; Restive Soul; Shadow Army; Gyorgi Goose; Radiator Lady; Trip to Lester's; Whitestone; Ecstatic Repose; Rise.

Personnel

Kyle Nasser: tenor and soprano saxophones; Jeff Miles: gutar; Dov Manski: piano; Chris Van Voorst: bass; Devin Drobka: drums.

Album information

Title: Restive Soul | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Self Produced

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

View events near New York City
Jazz Near New York City
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Anthropic Neglect
José Lencastre / Jorge Nuno / Felipe Zenícola /...
A Conversation
Tim Hagans-NDR Big Band
Die Unwucht
Christopher Kunz & Florian Fischer
In Space
The Luvmenauts

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.