161

Alejandro Cimadoro Quintet: The Princess and the Moonlight

Eric J. Iannelli By

Sign in to view read count
Alejandro Cimadoro Quintet: The Princess and the Moonlight
Boston's Berklee College of Music has no lack of accomplished graduates. Every year a sizeable stack of new albums spanning all genres of music reaffirms the school's enviable reputation and the collective talent of its alumni.

Alejandro Cimadoro's The Princess and the Moonlight , the bassist's first album as bandleader, composer and arranger, maintains the high standard associated with his alma mater without veering too far from the familiar trad jazz and bop vocabularies. He and his quintet occasionally spice up the proceedings with a dash of sabor latino —this is in keeping with Cimadoro's own long career as a proponent of Argentine tango and jazz—but there is no significant quality about this disc that would incline a record store clerk to file it under any Latin or world music category.

"Reflection" is one of the group's most inspired and enjoyable efforts. Saxophonist George Garzone and trombonist Joel Yennor are responsible first for leading in individually with yawns, moans and sighs and then establishing the dramatic build with unified staccato bursts and short melodic phrases; they separate again and solo. Segueing between the two solos, Garzone shrieks and squeals as if he's about to swoon. Cimadoro, who has been striding alongside, steps in and wends his way back to the head with his own swift but murmured solo.

"Happy Hour" is straight-ahead material with a bit of punch, most of it emanating from Garzone's tenor sax solo. Pat Metheny band member and fellow Berklee alum Antonio Sanchez propels this opening track with his light, skittish timekeeping. His drumwork (or brushwork, as the case may be) is equally deft on "Autumn in New England" and "Waltz for Y.D." In fact, much of the appeal of The Princess and the Moonlight can be traced to Sanchez's presence.

Cimadoro plays all-out on the expressive solo chart "Sleepless Warrior" and again on the closer "One for Mr. McBee." His style is far from ornate, though he does enjoy successions of scat-like runs, digging deep and ricocheting as he climbs. Whether of his own volition or at Cimadoro's request, Garzone seems to be the perpetual odd man out in this quintet. His instrument often elbows its way to the forefront; he also delivers the bulk of the dissonant rusty hinge lines (he relishes the brief collapse into chaos on "Never Mind") and jagged free-form solos. Such a dominant personality certainly injects additional character into these songs, but it can also cross the line into the excessive. These infrequent moments notwithstanding, The Princess and the Moonlight is cohesive and substantial and deserving of a listen.

Visit Alejandro Cimadoro on the web.

Track Listing

1. Happy Hour 2. Snow Fall 3. Autumn in New England 4. Reflection 5. Sleepless Warrior 6. Waltz for Y.D. 7. Upside Down 8. Eleven in the Evening 9. Never Mind 10. The Shadow 11. Is This Love? 12. One for Mr. McBee

Personnel

Alejandro Cimadoro (bass); George Garzone (tenor and soprano saxophones); Joel Yennior (trombone); Nando Michelin (piano); Antonio Sanchez (drums)

Album information

Title: The Princess and the Moonlight | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Unknown label

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read When You Find It
When You Find It
Arthur White and Merge
Read Rainbow Baby
Rainbow Baby
Cathlene Pineda
Read An Open Dialogue
An Open Dialogue
Linda Sikhakhane
Read Rah! Rah!
Rah! Rah!
The Claire Daly Band
Read Artlessly Falling
Artlessly Falling
Mary Halvorson's Code Girl
Read Hi-Fly
Hi-Fly
Howard University Jazz Ensemble
Read And Then It Rained
And Then It Rained
The Michael O'Neill Quartet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.