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With Kent Glenn at the piano leading two different ensembles, one in New York and one in Los Angeles, the music of Sharon Bercutt receives its due recognition. The composer sits in for "Clusters," which translates as a somber mood piece to close the album. While most of the program proves inspiring, with a driving jazz quality that digs in deep, it's an uneven session.
"Ballad" contains empty spaces that leave too much room for expected conversation. Its piano trio arrangement leaves gaps that cry out to be bridged with musical cascades or improvised clusters. That never happens. Similarly, "Return" roams over open spaces with a lilting melody that proves repetitious. Here, the spaces are filled; however, the arrangement's repetition leaves the listener wanting more. It seems that "Return" refers to the music's consistent action of returning to its simple theme. "Clusters" closes the album with dark, dramatic chords that stir for a few brief moments. With a track length of 1:47, however, the piece never takes off. It's merely a reflection of what could happen.
Elsewhere, the New York ensemble floats a lovely air with mood music befitting a romantic film scene or a casual Sunday afternoon social affair. Vibraphone, flute or saxophone, and strings give the ensemble a smooth quality. Glenn's piano artistry gives the session plenty of subtle passion. The music flows with an ease that takes on liquid qualities, and Glenn's cohesive ensemble moves with natural magnetism. The session's high point, "Subtle Matter," features Karolina Strassmayer on alto, pouring it on. Vibes and bass add a significant portrait through versatile soloing as the ensemble drives this one with pleasure.
Track Listing: Spike; Mariposa; Calliope; Ballad; Some Total; Birdwing; Return; Subtle Matter; Another Illusion; Untitled Number 7; Clusters.
Personnel: Kent Glenn, Sharon Bercutt- piano; Leo Huppert, Mark Proctor- bass; Kate Griffith, Michele Santanastasio- drums; Karolina Strassmayer- alto saxophone, flute; Tim Collins- vibraphone; Rob Thomas- violin; Judith Insell-Staack, Marlene Rice- viola; Dana Leong- cello.
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song. He captured everyone's attention and got us all up on our feet dancing alongside him to this incredible music we call jazz.