Spontaneity is what gives jazz its unique voice. This jam session from three veterans (and one younger artist) results in a lovely program where melody works in confluence with harmony and rhythm, in spite of the improvisational nature of the work. With this acoustic and fresh project, the quartet shares its appreciation for shared musical beauty.
Rob Thomas' violin and Dick Sarpola's acoustic bass mesh together, delivering lyrical qualities as if from a lullaby. They share their adventures with drums and percussion, however, so that the session takes on twists and turns to vary the pace. There's a change in current lurking behind every musical phrase. With Time Share, the ensemble stretches out in many directions. Added percussion makes this one change color often, and each artist explores freely. It's a cohesive affair among friends where subtle changes in mood come automatically.
Throughout the session, Thomas scores with his violin, heaping layers upon layers of melody. Dave Storrs surrounds with an exciting circle of rhythms that propel and unite. His choice of textures and his ever-changing rhythmic attire bring variety and excitement. The ensemble's father-and-son rhythmic team (Dick Sarpola, bass and George Sarpola, percussion) brings added swirls of excitement throughout. Recommended, Time Share unites four improvising artists in a session that smokes with lyrical fire from beginning to end.
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Personnel: Rob Thomas: violin; Dave Storrs: drums; Dick Sarpola: acoustic bass; George Sarpola: percussion.
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.