134

Nick Rolfe: The Persuader

By

Sign in to view read count
Bluejay Records is an inspirational company that was founded by Cecil Brooks III and Nat Simpkins several years ago and is based out of Manchester, MA. Its existence shows that plenty of initiative still exists in the jazz world, and that artists today are striving to maintain the integrity that comes from doing something independently. Their recording artists have netted high-profile musicians Steve Turre, Don Braden, Bryan Carrott, and Steve Wilson as sidemen and have generally shown to be solid leaders in their own right.

The Persuader is easily the most interesting, entertaining, and encouraging of the three recent Bluejay releases (Nat Simpkins' Crescent City and Mark Griffith's Drumatic being the other two). Eight of the twelve compositions are Rolfe's own, and while they wander at times, the tunes generally reveal a young talent at work. The gently dissonant (though it would be quite a stretch to labely any of this material avant-garde) writing is greatly complemented by Cecil Brooks III's busy drumwork and features some burning solos from the two seasoned veterans on the date, Steve Turre and Don Braden. Rolfe's playing recalls bits of Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, and even hints at Lonnie Liston Smith, but has a surprising amount of originality, especially on Alan Brandt's "That's All" (which he takes alone), and on a fiery take of "Caravan." While Rolfe clearly has a ways to go before becoming a major presence, The Persuader is an exciting debut from a clearly talented pianist who has the potential to join the ranks of the young lions that emerged in the '90's.

Track Listing: 1. A Batch For Bo Nooty; 2. I've Never Been in Love Before; 3. The Persauder; 4. Maryann - Part I: Requiem; 5. Maryann - Part II: Celebration; 6. Along Came Betty; 7. Caravan; 8. In a Sentimental Mood; 9. Coca's New Paints; 10. Empty's Samba; 11. That's All; 12. Headrum's Blues.

Personnel: STEVE TURRE, trombone; DON BRADEN, soprano & tenor saxophones; BRUCE WILLIAMS, alto saxophone; NICK ROLFE, piano; RICHIE GOODS, bass; CECIL BROOKS III, drums.

| Record Label: Bluejay Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Two CD/LP/Track Review Two
by Joe Gatto
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand CD/LP/Track Review Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "Dharma" CD/LP/Track Review Dharma
by Dave Wayne
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "Fellow Creatures" CD/LP/Track Review Fellow Creatures
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 25, 2016
Read "Mist. Moss. Home." CD/LP/Track Review Mist. Moss. Home.
by Jim Olin
Published: April 10, 2017
Read "Sir Nebula" CD/LP/Track Review Sir Nebula
by Doug Collette
Published: September 18, 2016
Read "Sedimental You" CD/LP/Track Review Sedimental You
by John Sharpe
Published: March 30, 2017
Read "Live North America 2016" CD/LP/Track Review Live North America 2016
by Doug Collette
Published: March 18, 2017
comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!