104

Crosscurrent: Rituals

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Touted as contemporary/jazz/world outfit, the six instrumentalists who comprise “Crosscurrent”, live up to the band’s moniker as they indeed fabricate jazz grooves that are often commingled with windswept choruses, bubbling rhythms and sprightly soloing amid an altogether organic approach. However, the first piece, “Intersections” incorporates a motif that rings of the 80’s Pat Metheny songbook, due to guitarist Eric T. Johnson and saxophonist Carl Clements’ lilting unison choruses and sweet-tempered melodies.

With the band’s fourth release titled Rituals, the listener will be treated to hip, jazz-based grooves and intricately developed voicings along with a slight jazz-samba tinge and peppery rhythms on pieces such as “Stop & Go” and others. Hence, Clements’ radiant flute passages and Johnson’s articulate chord progressions, performed on acoustic guitar, elicits dream laden imagery on “Mirrormere”, whereas the band engages in some interesting harmonization and well-placed accents on “Seven Of Mine”. Here, the rhythm section grabs the spotlight as they render a pumping and somewhat bouncy pulse in support of Clement’s brawny yet thematically rich tenor sax soloing, although the primary motif is comprised of extended notes and nondescript patterns. And while this band serves up nothing inherently novel, Rituals makes for a pleasant listening experience, enhanced by a vibrant track mix teeming with comforting sounds and an overall enticing ebb and flow.

Laugh & Jangle Records


Track Listing: Intersections, North March, Firefly, Guinnevere, Stop & Go, Crosscurrent, Mirrormere, Seven Of Mine, Ritual, Now The Day Is Gone

Personnel: Ben Cook; piano, keyboards: Eric T. Johnson; electric, acoustic and nylon string guitars, Roland VG-8: Carl Clements; tenor and soprano saxophones, bansuri, flute: Joshua Davis; acoustic bass: Bertram Lehmann; drums, percussion: Norm Bergeron; percussion

| Record Label: Laugh & Jangle | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "The Caustic Ballads" CD/LP/Track Review The Caustic Ballads
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: August 24, 2016
Read "The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknown
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "My Foolish Heart" CD/LP/Track Review My Foolish Heart
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 3, 2017
Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Agartha" CD/LP/Track Review Agartha
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 14, 2016
Read "Elevenses" CD/LP/Track Review Elevenses
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!