232

Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls: Seize The Time

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
U.K.-based Naim label has been a cornerstone of high-end audio quality, and that tradition continues on Seize The Time, a studio date featuring Chicago drummer Ted Sirota and his diverse perspective on the jazz idiom. The mindset, or perhaps underlying force, behind this session is encapsulated by the drummer who suggests that the world is in a state of flux, marked by compounding crises. But as the album title states, it is necessary to seize the opportunity, as crisis often sparks tenacity.

The quintet dishes out sprightly calypso jazz, anthem-like themes, bop and other frameworks, where Sirota serves as an accelerator at various pulses. The three-soloist frontline attack offers a study in warmly crafted harmonics, amid fiery dynamics and abundant contrasts. They fuse Stephen Foster's Americana classic, "Hard Times (Come Again No More)," into a jazz ballad, sparked by saxophonist Greg Ward and Geof Bradfield's swirling bass clarinet lines.

Sirota tackles dub on "Tollway," featuring guitarist Dave Miller's rhythmic chord voicings and phased single note licks, all treated with a dash of echo. The drummer then pays homage to the late Max Roach on his melodic and polyrhythmic solo jaunt, "Viva Max! (Improvised Drum Solo)." In other regions of sound, the band swings hard and delves into some rough and tumble improv segments, then gels with an African pop-jazz vibe on legendary vocalist Miriam Makeba's "Polo MZE Pt. 1 & Pt. 2."

Variety is a primary ingredient throughout this radiant set, brimming with nicely placed dynamics and jubilantly enacted hooks and motifs. Simply stated, the band sparks and sustains interest at various levels on an album that beckons repeated listens. They uncannily intertwine a good-timey vibe with enviable jazz chops and more.


Track Listing: Clampdown; 13 De Maio; Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A.; Hard Times (Come Again No More); Killa Dilla; Tollway; Viva Max! (Improvised Drums Solo); J.Y.D.; Polo MZE Pt. 1; Polo MZE Pt. 2; Little D; The Keys To Freedom.

Personnel: Geof Bradfield: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Greg Ward: alto saxophone; Dave Miller: guitar; Jake Vinsel: acoustic bass, electric bass; Ted Sirota: drums.

Title: Seize The Time | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Naim Label


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Alto Gusto CD/LP/Track Review Alto Gusto
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Flow CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Originals For the Originals CD/LP/Track Review Originals For the Originals
by Paul Rauch
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Killing Bugs CD/LP/Track Review Killing Bugs
by Kevin Press
Published: November 20, 2017
Read The Way of It CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Tag Book CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read "Is It Me...?" CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 7, 2017
Read "Pocono Git-Down" CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 19, 2017
Read "Alma Matters" CD/LP/Track Review Alma Matters
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 10, 2017
Read "Tangents" CD/LP/Track Review Tangents
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 9, 2017
Read "Tales & Tones" CD/LP/Track Review Tales & Tones
by Geannine Reid
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Chronosome" CD/LP/Track Review Chronosome
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 24, 2016

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!

Please support out sponsor