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Brooke Sofferman: The Green Between

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Brooke Sofferman: The Green Between What a swinging affair!

Brooke Sofferman’s sextet makes this sequel to his Modesty’s Odyssey smoke from start to finish. Using the same personnel and adding a few key players, drummer Sofferman has created another outstanding album. Once again, his compositions serve as the basis for intriguing improvisation. A variety of textures from the drum set color each selection. Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Grenadier and Jacques Chanier add significant charm. No smooth jazz here. Sofferman elevates the art of jazz and carries on the tradition. Based in and around Boston, the drummer/composer holds degrees in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Sofferman uses different instrumentations to express the program’s selections. “Mt. Desert Isle” turns out intimate and sensual, as it’s presented by a cohesive piano trio. “Phlegm & Yawn” places the entire sextet in a position to face the day, with its powerful, driving cadence and roiling jazz breezes. Storming with a confident air, Sofferman’s ensemble whips up a refreshing surprise. Abby Aronson’s wordless vocals add an interesting quality. They’re on target, musically, and yet, as free as a bird. It takes a looseness like that to find the difference between swinging improvisation and lesser attempts. Her treatment of the lyrics to “So It Began” provides a deep look at the song’s contextual meaning, but it’s Aronson's role as wordless vocal participant that makes the largest impact. Her voice is transformed into an additional instrument for the stellar ensemble.

Sofferman’s session swings with a genuine spirit. The hook is his creative use of odd meters. Highly recommended, this one goes right to the top of this year’s Top Ten list.

Track Listing: The Green Between; Mt. Desert Isle; Sunbird; Cement Truck Blues; Phlegm & Yawn; Zoe Moon; Crownestula; Across the Crebix; Cut it Back to Half, Jack; So It Began; Barefoot.

Personnel: Brooke Sofferman- drums, added percussion on

Year Released: 2002 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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