Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

11

Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Chicago-based session ace and solo artist, drummer Frank Rosaly aligns with San Francisco Bay Area notables for a meeting of like-minded, highly skilled improvisers. After a gig in Frisco, the musicians' scheduled time to record this quartet date. Unfortunately, Shipwreck studios was destroyed in a fire a few months after this session and the musicians decided to pay a bit of homage via the album moniker.

As improvisers amid the semi-structured song-forms, they do what they characteristically do best. Hence, the artists bear down and get the work done, whether they're romping through a garrulous escapade or winding matters down into subliminal theme-building maneuvers. The ensemble bustles and shuffles through a consortium of asymmetrical mini-motifs, where trumpeter Darren Johnston and saxophonist Aaron Bennett often mimic each other's improvisational statements.

The quartet digs deep into the well as they navigate through unrestricted musical spaces countered with expressive passages, sketched with rubato and thorny time signatures; although, the soloists delve into microtonal territory with terse notes and prickly overtures during "When Not Night." However, on the album's lengthiest (13:09) track "Bloom," the frontline's blaring horns parts segue into cantankerous exchanges, as bassist Lisa Mezzacappa's interweaving and subdued interlude prefaces Johnston's colorful and softly executed muted lines. In addition, the trumpeter acts like a ringleader who reassembles the troops, briskly peppered by Rosaly's inventive and rather zesty percussive gambits.

Needless to state, we're not listening to a bunch of rookies here, as the performers' glowing synergy and gushing ideas effectively transfer into a buoyant, investigational undertaking that unravels additional treats on subsequent listens.

Track Listing: The Storm We See, The Sea We Saw; Counted Like Flies; When Not Night; Everything's Coming Up Rosaly; Boom; The Face Consented, At Last.

Personnel: Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Darren Johnston: trumpet; Aaron Bennett: tenor saxophone: Frank Rosaly: drums.

Title: Shipwreck 4 | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Live at Pyatt Hall CD/LP/Track Review Live at Pyatt Hall
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 23, 2018
Read Flying Heart CD/LP/Track Review Flying Heart
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 23, 2018
Read The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow CD/LP/Track Review The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow
by John Sharpe
Published: January 23, 2018
Read Solano Canyon CD/LP/Track Review Solano Canyon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 23, 2018
Read Lucas CD/LP/Track Review Lucas
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: January 22, 2018
Read In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording CD/LP/Track Review In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 22, 2018
Read "Philip Glass – Piano Works" CD/LP/Track Review Philip Glass – Piano Works
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 5, 2018
Read "Far From Over" CD/LP/Track Review Far From Over
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 13, 2017
Read "That's What She Said..." CD/LP/Track Review That's What She Said...
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 7, 2017
Read "Carry Fire" CD/LP/Track Review Carry Fire
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "Compassion: The Music Of John Coltrane" CD/LP/Track Review Compassion: The Music Of John Coltrane
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 3, 2017
Read "Door Girl" CD/LP/Track Review Door Girl
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: September 23, 2017