A non-exhaustive Internet search didn't reveal much in the way of biographical information on young guitarist Joshua Gerowitz, but on the opening track "Smooth as Ice," he would appear to be a potential jazz-fusion guitar hero. Atop a simple hook and a loose groove, armed with a significant bite, he weaves a stylization that nestles between experimental guitarist David Torn and Jimi Hendrix, as he shreds his guitar into miniscule bits, framed with malicious sounding EFX and sharp-edged phrasings. And Louis Lopez' gusty trumpet solo atop an ascending motif on the following track "Hamburger Island #1," imparts a brief and wily oeuvre featuring Carmina Escobar's wordless chants and a vibe that adjoins dark metal and avant-garde abstractions.
The band injects offbeat bluesy statements with unison phrasings along with other movements accentuated by the leader's crunchy, steely and mind-bending notes, abetted by rousing horn passages and extended note sorties. However, they invoke latter-day Coltrane on "Morning Landscape Illusion," which is etched on searching aspects and bassist David Trachina's sullen arco lines. Moreover, "Chicken, Cigarette, Bed #2," is another open-ended and blossoming work tempered by Lopez' softly woven notes, before Gerowitz raises the bar with his intense strumming towards closeout. Indeed, Gerowitz is a creative soul with hugely impressive chops, as his keen vision is assertively concentrated on blazing newer trails.
Track Listing: Smooth as Ice; Hamburger Island #1; Swoot; Morning Landscape Illusion; Hamburger Island #4; Chicken, Cigarette, Bed #2; Hamburger Island #3; Angels Point.
Personnel: Joshua Gerowitz: guitar; Louis Lopez: trumpet (1-7); Colin Woodford: drums, (1-7); Jake Rosenzweig: bass (2, 5, 6, 7); Carmina Escobar: voice (2, 5, 7); Joe Santa Maria: saxophones (1, 3, 4); David Tranchina: bass (1, 3, 4).
I love jazz because, even after many years as a professional performer, teacher and author on the subject, this music still possesses the element of deep mystery and surprise. I recently heard somebody say that if you can explain something, you take the mystery out of it
I love jazz because, even after many years as a professional performer, teacher and author on the subject, this music still possesses the element of deep mystery and surprise. I recently heard somebody say that if you can explain something, you take the mystery out of it. Not in this case! It seems that with every explanation, new questions arise exponentially! It's like the universe is constantly inviting (challenging) you to grow musically.