All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review


‘Nuf Said: Rise

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
The music of 'Nuf Said is neither jazz nor funk nor soul nor rock. It's all of it and more. This New York-based quintet taps into each of those styles and mixes them all together to create a groove-heavy, stirring brand of music that's all its own.

Rise—'Nuf Said's second album, following My Kind (Self Produced, 2014)—arrives as the band celebrates its fifth anniversary. Vocalist Ioana Vintu and saxophonist Andrew Gould birthed this project and set things in motion back in 2011, establishing a partnership that's still growing and developing. It's their writing and vision that guides this group, and they continue to nourish it and feed it with their creativity and spirit.

As it currently stands, this band is a beat-driven outfit. Drummer Peter Kronreif and bassist DJ Ginyard create the slick grooves, stuttering gestures, and funky underpinnings that power these song vehicles. Guitarist Matthias 'Pedals' Loescher often adds to the compelling rhythmic foundations with his own riffing and effects-laden contributions, Gould's flights feed off of the rhythm section, and Vintu's vocals soar over the mix. That's the story in a nutshell, but it's not so easy to simplify things with this band.

While 'Nuf Said never really abandons those self-established ground rules, and a good number of songs—"Sister," "Nearness," "Ring My Bell"—fit that basic description to a T, there are exceptions to the rules. "On A Darker Moon," for example, takes a more introspective path. Vintu's vocals enter calmly over Ginyard's bass, the band establishes a slow and soulful 12/8 feel, and Gould's soprano muses in the background and girds Vintu's thoughts. That's but one instance where this group moves away from its modus operandi. Another comes in the form of "It's Alright," where Loescher's prickly, African-influenced guitar work sets the scene before Vintu enters over a simmering backdrop. And then there's "Follow," an intriguing marriage between reggae and R&B that eventually abandons both for rock-oriented ambitions.

There may be a rhythm-centered aesthetic here, but you can't pin down the deliciously omnidirectional approach of 'Nuf Said. There's is a sound that abounds with many musical flavors and scents.

Track Listing: Intro; Rise; Sister; On A Darker Moon; Nearness; Interlude; It's Alright; Fly; Follow; Ring My Bell.

Personnel: Ioana Vintu: vocals; Matthias 'Pedals' Loescher: guitar; DJ Ginyard: bass; Peter Kronreif: drums, percussiom; Steven Feifke: piano (9); Rozhan Razman: bass.

Title: Rise | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Ropeadope


comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
  • Rise by Dan Bilawsky
Read more articles




Related Articles

Read Wherever You're Starting From CD/LP/Track Review
Wherever You're Starting From
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 21, 2018
Read Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery CD/LP/Track Review
Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 21, 2018
Read From Silence to Somewhere CD/LP/Track Review
From Silence to Somewhere
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 21, 2018
Read Never Bet The Devil Your Head CD/LP/Track Review
Never Bet The Devil Your Head
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 21, 2018
Read The Questions CD/LP/Track Review
The Questions
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 20, 2018
Read Meerkat Parade CD/LP/Track Review
Meerkat Parade
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 20, 2018
Read "Wherever You're Starting From" CD/LP/Track Review Wherever You're Starting From
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 21, 2018
Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" CD/LP/Track Review Blind Curves and Box Canyons
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "Aural Vertigo" CD/LP/Track Review Aural Vertigo
by Daniel Barbiero
Published: July 9, 2017
Read "A Meeting Of Spirits" CD/LP/Track Review A Meeting Of Spirits
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 18, 2017
Read "Orientation" CD/LP/Track Review Orientation
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 18, 2018
Read "The Decca Singles 1935-1946" CD/LP/Track Review The Decca Singles 1935-1946
by Patrick Burnette
Published: March 4, 2018