3

Paul Kogut: Turn of Phrase

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count
Paul Kogut: Turn of Phrase What makes Paul Kogut's album Turn of Phrase unique is not his virtuosity or talent, of which he has plenty, but the singular mix of tight thematic cohesiveness and expansive aesthetic language.

Kogut exhibits versatility without losing his own voice. On "Especially When It Rains," his cool, muscular jazzy guitar evolves into a blistering hot slurred sound with rock sensibilities. "Blue in Green" gets a 21st century makeover, with a stimulating deconstruction into soundscapes that harken at Miles Davis' In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969), in homage to the late trumpeter's innovative spirit.

It does take the album a little bit to take off. Kogut's guitar lines, intelligently layered over a loosely swinging and laidback groove on the opening "So That Happened," are certainly enjoyable and interesting. They do, however, spill over to the seven-and-a-half minute long "About You" and, although the momentum does not slacken, the tune flirts just a tad with monotony.

The proceedings heat up fast with the funky "Know It? I Wrote It!." The electrifying vamps and R&B groove contrast well with Kogut's intellectual soloing. A profound soulfulness also spices the intricacy of his improvisations on the title track, creating a nocturnal and urbane mood. George Mraz's angular bass further enhances the feel of a happenin' night in the city.

Mraz is the perfect foil for the leader as his lyrical melodies are an extension of Kogut's musical ideas, their crisp, smart dialogues reminiscent of guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ron Carter's classic records.

The driving force and third pillar of the ensemble is veteran drummer Lewis Nash. His complex percussive harmonies sublimely support his band mates and, on the standard "Days of Wine And Roses," blossom into an exhilarating call-and-response with Kogut's sparse lines. The opening bars of "Sister Cheryl" allow Nash to spotlight the full breadth of his skills in a mind-bending and complex polyphony that leads to Kogut's mellifluous and meandering tone.

Even with a minor flaw or two, Turn of Phrase is a compelling disc that simultaneously demonstrates both delightful idiosyncrasy and satisfying camaraderie.


Track Listing: So That Happened; About You; Know It? I Wrote It!; Body And Soul; Days Of Wine And Roses; Sister Cheryl; Wayne Shorter Solo Medley; Back-Woods Song/Ramblin'; Especially When It Rains; Turn of Phrase; Blue in Green.

Personnel: Paul Kogut: guitar; George Mraz: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Blujazz Productions


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "I'll Be Seeing You" CD/LP/Track Review I'll Be Seeing You
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 24, 2016
Read "All Hot Bodies Radiate" CD/LP/Track Review All Hot Bodies Radiate
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: May 26, 2016
Read "Prog Noir" CD/LP/Track Review Prog Noir
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Live In New York" CD/LP/Track Review Live In New York
by John Sharpe
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Nwayo" CD/LP/Track Review Nwayo
by James Nadal
Published: June 24, 2016
Read "The Long Slog" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Slog
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 11, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!