103

Eastman Jazz '96: Take the Next Step

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
This is a representative cross–sample of Eastman’s Jazz Studies/Contemporary Media program circa 1995–96 with an opening number by the Jazz Ensemble and others by groups of various shapes, sizes and points of view with every selection composed, arranged and performed by students at the Rochester, New York, school. The ensemble is center stage for about eight minutes with David Cutler’s boppish “Bucking for the Buck,” and it is time well spent. The rest of the program could accurately be described as uneven. Following the ensemble is a sort of semi–free improvisation by alto saxophonist Neveu and pianist Cutler, recorded in concert, that includes references to Warne Marsh/Lennie Tristano/Lee Konitz and is well–played if not especially diverting. The electro–acoustic “Blendervision 2.0,” with all manner of synthesized rumbling, is next, and if one can make it past that, there’s Cutler’s “Concerto for Studio Orchestra,” a more interesting band music–style piece that includes strings, horns and timpani but excludes Jazz. “Siete,” by uni3, is another experimental work with Middle Eastern overtones, nicely performed by Jeffrey Paul (composer/woodwinds), pianist Adam Benjamin and percussionist Jason Treuting. Brad Wheeler’s jaunty “Chanson Pour Nous” (Song for Us), performed by Saxology (five saxophones and rhythm), has its moments, and is followed by Neveu’s “Old Friends” (winner in the ’96 Downbeat student awards for best original composition), performed by the New Jazz Ensemble with solos by pianist John Nyerges, trumpeter Martin Hodel, tenor saxophonist Lawrence Miller and guitarist Chris Jentsch. Completing the program are “Transitions,” written by saxophonist Michael McGinnis and performed by his octet; Pat Donaher’s “Kibbeyisms,” a second cutting–edge duet with Donaher on alto and Ben Kibbey on piano; and the sometimes chaotic “Method 2 Madness,” composed by saxophonist Matthew Belzer and played in concert by his septet. While not everything served is to our taste, the young musicians at Eastman are well–grounde

Track listing: Bucking the Buck; Take the Next Step; Blendervision 2.0; Concerto for Studio Orchestra; Siete; Chanson Pour Nous; Old Friends (73:24).

Personnel:

Eastman Jazz Ensemble, the Neveu/Cutler Duo (Alan Neveu, alto sax; David Cutler, piano), Eastman Studio Orchestra, uni3 (Jeffrey Paul II, oboe, English horn, alto sax; Adam Benjamin, piano; Jason Treuting, drums, percussion), Saxology (Matthew Belzer, Alan Neveu, alto sax; Brad Wheeler, David Pope, tenor sax; Damon Zick, baritone sax; David Cutler, piano; Drew Waters, electric bass; Matt Aiken, drums), Eastman New Jazz Ensemble.

| Record Label: E-Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Live! from the Cantina: A Star Wars Jazz Tribute" CD/LP/Track Review Live! from the Cantina: A Star Wars Jazz Tribute
by Jim Olin
Published: March 6, 2016
Read "Rub Out The Word" CD/LP/Track Review Rub Out The Word
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2016
Read "Apprentice" CD/LP/Track Review Apprentice
by Alex Franquelli
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Out & About" CD/LP/Track Review Out & About
by Doug Collette
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "Live At Blues Alley" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Blues Alley
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 13, 2016
Read "Wheel of Time" CD/LP/Track Review Wheel of Time
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 6, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

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!

Buy it!