Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Jay Lawrence: Sonic Paragon

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Sonic Paragon is a satisfying set grounded in the idea of broad appeal. Drummer Jay Lawrence is no purist, and he's certainly not stubbornly set on a single course, yet he's wholly cognizant of the fact that music is both for the makers and the takers. And with an understanding of that need for balance and some help from a real dream band, he creates a program that basically works for both sides of the fence.

Opening with his own breezy "Full Moon In Havana," Lawrence immediately establishes a mellow vibe while showcasing an easy rapport with bassist John Patitucci, pianist Renee Rosnes, guitarist Romero Lubambo, and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. All, save for Lubambo, who alternates guitar duties with Anthony Wilson or Yotam Silberstein, remain for the entire show. As the program continues, Lawrence branches out along various central avenues. First he breaks up the melody of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do," using it as a small showcase for his brushes before settling into a coolly swinging lane; then he brings guest trumpeter Terell Stafford into the fold for the spicy "Vamonos" and the laid back "Slide"; and after that he adds some rhythmic zest to an Allen-fronted take on Leonard Bernstein's "Maria," essays quietude with positive results on "Dayspring," and opens bluesy funk nugget "From Nadir To Zenith" with a slight futurist's feel.

In most of those aforementioned instances the music runs down the middle and everybody paints mostly within the lines, but that's the real beauty of it. Whether taking a stroll through NOLA by way of "Tchoupitoulas," pulling Jimi Hendrix into the jazz orbit with a personalized slant on "Crosstown Traffic," or delivering any number of engaging originals, Lawrence and his A-Team find a way to enjoy themselves without pushing the music toward the outer limits. This is pure musical variety wrapped in accessible language.

Track Listing: Full Moon In Havana; What'll I Do; Vamonos; Slide; Maria; Dayspring; From Nadir to Zenith; Sonic Paragon; Tchoupitoulas; Golden Ratio; Crosstown Traffic; My Winsome Consort.

Personnel: Jay Lawrence: drums; John Patitucci: bass; Renee Rosnes: piano; Harry Allen: tenor saxophone; Terell Stafford (3, 4, 7, 9); Romero Lubambo: guitar (1, 5, 6); Anthony Wilson: guitar (2, 4, 7, 8); Yotam Silberstein: guitar (3, 9-11).

Title: Sonic Paragon | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Jazz Hang Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Agua De Beber

Agua De Beber

Jay Lawrence
Thermal Strut

Album Reviews
Radio
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Sonic Paragon

Sonic Paragon

Jazz Hang Records
2018

buy
Sweet Lime

Sweet Lime

Jazz Hang Records
2012

buy
Thermal Strut

Thermal Strut

Origin Records
2006

buy

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Duologue Album Reviews
Duologue
By Dan Bilawsky
January 17, 2019
Read Showing Up Album Reviews
Showing Up
By Nicholas F. Mondello
January 17, 2019
Read Chez Hélène Album Reviews
Chez Hélène
By Glenn Astarita
January 17, 2019
Read Original Demos Album Reviews
Original Demos
By Chris M. Slawecki
January 17, 2019
Read Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard Album Reviews
Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard
By Mark Sullivan
January 16, 2019
Read SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk Album Reviews
SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk
By Doug Collette
January 16, 2019
Read Swingin' In Seattle, Live At The Penthouse 1966-1967 Album Reviews
Swingin' In Seattle, Live At The Penthouse 1966-1967
By Mike Jurkovic
January 16, 2019

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/content/chunks/overlay/aaj-sitemap.php on line 5