128

The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet: Tunnel Vision

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet: Tunnel Vision Is it just me, or is there a lot of energy out there right now in the mid-sized ensemble mode?

Last year Dave Holland put a thirteen piece "big band" together for another sure award winner, What Goes Around ; and Either Orchestra, a ten man unit, offered up the marvelous Latin-flavored Afro-Cubism. And now 2003 opens with The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet's grooving mainstream affair, Tunnel Vision.

This is a tight working band; I notice the Nonet features the same line-up it had on 2000's So You Say —with three reeds, three brass and guitar/bass/drums rhythm. And it seems these mid-sized groups—even more so than the smaller ensembles—live or die on the rhythm section. If that's so, then The Nonet thrives.

Dave Holland has vibraphonist Steve Nelson adding the shine and polish to his rhythm; Either Orchestra goes with the two percussionists; and Jim Cifelli's Nonet has Peter McCann on guitar. McCann is a superb low profile accompanist, his chords bringing a crispness and background sting to the proceedings. Crisp guitar work, snappy stuff going on with the skins (Tim Horner), and a muscular, driving approach by bassist Mary Ann McSweeney: all are ontrasting styles in the rhythm trinity that that bring the Nonet's sound to life.

The record features eight songs, six of them leader/trumpeter Jim Cifelli originals, plus an Art Blakey-esque take on Wayne Shorter's "Fi Fi Foe Fum/Speak No Evil" (a nod to the saxophonist's Blue Note days); and an edgy and ominous take on Cole Porter's classic, "What is This Thing Called Love?" that will leave you thinking the sweet hormonal emotion is dipped in danger and ill-tidings. And listen to McCann's spare but very tangy accompaniment to Barbara Cifelli's foreboding (it's that "thing called love") baritone sax solo.

A great mainstream outing with a deep sense of the groove, fine tight arrangements and glowing solos all around.

Visit The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet's web site at: www.jazznonet.com


Track Listing: Go, Something She Said, Fe Fi Fo Fum/Speak No Evil,Cajun Conniption, Cambia de Corazone, What is This Thing Called Love, Tunnel Vision, Prayer

Personnel: Andy Gravish, Jim Cifelli, trumpets; Pete McGuiness, trombone; Cliff Lyons, alto and soprano saxes; Joel Frahm, tenor sax; Barbara Cifelli, reeds; Peter McCann, guitar; Mary Ann McSweeney, bass, Tim Horner, drums

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Short Notice Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Eight Track II" CD/LP/Track Review Eight Track II
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 4, 2016
Read "Roots & Transitions" CD/LP/Track Review Roots & Transitions
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 4, 2016
Read "Arctic" CD/LP/Track Review Arctic
by James Nadal
Published: April 1, 2016
Read "Jazz Jukebox" CD/LP/Track Review Jazz Jukebox
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Live in Concert" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Concert
by David Becker
Published: January 30, 2017
Read "Perihelion" CD/LP/Track Review Perihelion
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 21, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!