194

Graham Dechter: Right On Time

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Graham Dechter steps out from the guitars chair with the Hamilton/Clayton Jazz Orchestra, fronting a quartet with fellow Orchestra members Jeff Hamilton on drums, John Clayton on bass and Tamir Hendelman on piano. The familiarity amongst the players brings about an easy assimilation of style and development.

Dechter is a lyrical player, his succulent notes drinking deep from the melody before going out into wider pastures, where he develops the theme with layered harmonies. The selections offer a wide enough panorama for him to show his dexterity and he swings lithely, whether playing ballads with deep emotion or going on energetic bop rides.

Two ballads stand out. The haunting strains of Clayton's bow are met with the gentle lilt of Dechter's guitar on "With Every Breath That I Take." The two build a slow fire, with Dechter changing the shades subtly. Add the conversation between Hamilton and Hendelman into the arrangement and the tune becomes one of the best on the CD. It's a fine companion to the winsome "The Nearness Of You," which is washed in soft shaded chords and crystalline notes that enunciate and explore the melody. Dechter brings the nuances to life and then swings, working the two moods into a seamless whole.

"Broadway" beckons with its bebop groove. Dechter rides out into the open on the beat, his spirited romp wrapped in a blaze of colorful phrases. He stays on track with his ideas and forward movement, never slipping into excess.

When the blues come calling, as they do on "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues," Dechter roves a dreamy landscape. The blues feel is inherent in his ruminations, with an occasional snap or an elongated note on bent strings to add emphasis.

It would be remiss not to mention Clayton, Hamilton and Hendelman. They not only support Dechter impeccably, they push him along and help him realize the compositions fully. But Dechter is the prime mover and, given his prowess here, Right On Time signals the presence of a bright, new talent.


Track Listing: Low Down; Wave; The Nearness of You; I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues; Broadway; Right on Time (Db Tune); Squatty Roo; With Every Breath I Take; Lined with a Groove; In a Mellow Tone.

Personnel: Graham Dechter: guitar; Tamir Hendelman: piano; John Clayton: bass; Jeff Hamilton: drums.

Title: Right On Time | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Capri Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Kurrent CD/LP/Track Review Kurrent
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Duets CD/LP/Track Review Duets
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Rev CD/LP/Track Review Rev
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1
by Jim Olin
Published: October 17, 2017
Read The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren CD/LP/Track Review The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 16, 2017
Read Any Other Way CD/LP/Track Review Any Other Way
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 16, 2017
Read "Just Friends" CD/LP/Track Review Just Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 11, 2017
Read "Signs" CD/LP/Track Review Signs
by Doug Collette
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "IIII+IIII" CD/LP/Track Review IIII+IIII
by James Nadal
Published: April 17, 2017
Read "Rediscovered Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Up and Coming" CD/LP/Track Review Up and Coming
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "Evergreen (Canceled World)" CD/LP/Track Review Evergreen (Canceled World)
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 4, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.