3

Josh Deutsch/Nico Soffiato: Reverse Angle

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Josh Deutsch/Nico Soffiato: Reverse Angle Trumpeter Josh Deutsch and guitarist Nico Soffiato have been working together since 2006, deepening their rapport and forming strong musical bonds in the ensuing years. Five years after they first connected, these men delivered Time Gels (Self Produced, 2011)—a duo debut which found them codifying their language. Now, Deutsch and Soffiato return with their sophomore release, a more sonically scopious affair that builds and expands on the sound of its predecessor.

Reverse Angle is short by today's standards, clocking in under forty minutes, but it's rich in musical content. There's music built around a simple loop ("Time Gels #3"); a melodically-centered take on a standard that finds Soffiato on baritone guitar ("Someone To Watch Over Me"); a bleak canvas that finds Deutsch trading his trumpet for piano ("Silica Sand"); and a pleasant yet eerie balladic goodbye that's lightly coated with JC Maillard's electronic trim ("Mix Tape"). There's also a stumbler-turned-swinger that opens with Monk-ish allusions, contains four-to-the-bar guitar comping, picks up steam, and features some hot jazz runs from Deutsch ("Tongue Twister"); a piece that's all about growth and intensification, beginning with a measured stop-start phrase and blossoming into an all out rocker with some help from guest drummer Zach Mangan ("Reverse Angle"); and an episode in extemporization that's built atop the foundation of Beethoven's "Sonata Pathétique" ("LvBsP").

While guests, instrument changes, recognizable material, and intriguing structural devices all contribute to the success of this recording, the album's strongest selling point is simply the relationship between Deutsch and Soffiato. There's a comfort level in their exchanges that makes this music a pleasure to behold, regardless of complexity or intensity. It's interesting to observe their occasional confrontations or left-of-center encounters, but the most easily pleasing moments here are the ones built around their open lines of communication ("Quinine"). Reverse Angle is a concise musical treat that speaks to the strong level of trust and understanding that exists between Josh Deutsch and Nico Soffiato.

Track Listing: Time Gels #3; Alabaster; Someone To Watch Over Me; Reverse Angle; LVBSP; Silica Sand; Tongue Twister; Quinine; Mix Tape.

Personnel: Josh Deutsch: trumpet, piano (6); Nico Soffiato: guitar, baritone guitar (3); Zach Mangan: drums (4); J.C. Maillard: electronics (9).

Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Self Produced


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read Neko CD/LP/Track Review Neko
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 25, 2017
Read Alcanza CD/LP/Track Review Alcanza
by Troy Dostert
Published: May 25, 2017
Read New Life CD/LP/Track Review New Life
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 25, 2017
Read A Social Call CD/LP/Track Review A Social Call
by James Nadal
Published: May 25, 2017
Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read "Sign of the Crow" CD/LP/Track Review Sign of the Crow
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 30, 2016
Read "Repeater" CD/LP/Track Review Repeater
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Guilty Saints" CD/LP/Track Review Guilty Saints
by Chris Mosey
Published: June 18, 2016
Read "Coalesce" CD/LP/Track Review Coalesce
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 27, 2017
Read "Crowded Solitudes" CD/LP/Track Review Crowded Solitudes
by John Sharpe
Published: July 24, 2016
Read "Guess Who I Saw Today" CD/LP/Track Review Guess Who I Saw Today
by Edward Blanco
Published: July 14, 2016

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!