Here, bassist Drew Gress mans the helm to what is essentially, alto saxophonist Tim Berne's "Paraphrase" trio - plus pianist/composer Uri Caine. Spin and Drift signifies a symbiotic union of like-minded musicians, as Gress executes his booming, robust bass lines on buoyant pieces such as the opener, "Disappearing Act 1" and "Jet Precipice," where the quartet effortlessly engages themes constructed upon vacillating rhythms and intricately executed undercurrents. However, the musicians' often cheery, upbeat demeanor and gleaming approach to these altogether bustling pieces only enhances the overall production.
Throughout, Berne and Caine emit an abundance of hard-edged yet at times, melodically based solos as they intertwine free-bop style lines with forward thinking notions, although the band occasionally veers off the main course via a series of climactic passages and harmonious choruses. With "The Sledmouth Chronicles," Berne switches over to baritone sax for a work, brimming with rolling and tumbling overtures and extroverted group dialogue, while Gress and drummer Tom Rainey provide more than enough ammo for the soloists' no nonsense style interplay. Without further ado, Gress and co. deliver the goods in prominent fashion! Recommended.
Enjoy Three Days on the Beach with Snarky Puppy, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Lettuce, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Lila Downs, Michael McDonald Acoustic Quartet, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Flor de Toloache and more—February 14-16, 2020 at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami, FL.
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