All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

14

Jason Anick & Jason Yeager: United

Mark Sullivan By

Sign in to view read count
Violinist Jason Anick and pianist Jason Yeager share an open-minded approach to jazz. Anick is best known as a member of the neo-Gypsy Jazz ensemble Rhythm Future Quartet , while Yeager performs post-bop and third stream music. But this album presents a mostly original, eclectic collection of music where both of them frequently step out of character. Even the cover choices are eclectic: two compositions from the Polish violinist Zbigniew Seifert; George Harrison's "Something;" and Miles Davis' "All Blues."

Yeager's "Achi" opens the set with propulsive, Israeli-inspired rhythm, and introduces the core quartet with bassist Greg Loughman and drummer Mike Connors. Anick's "Bird's Eye View" has a tango feel, and benefits from the first guest, alto saxophonist Clay Lyons. "Well Red" features the first appearance of Anick's mandolin—which provides a refreshing contrast every time he uses it in place of the violin—but it's really a feature for Yeager. He takes a lengthy unaccompanied piano solo, a beautiful lyrical showcase, before the band re-enters. The Seifert tune "Turbulent Power" finds guest saxophonist George Garzone supplying much of the power.

The cover of George Harrison's "Something" brings the mandolin forward as lead instrument. They play it pretty straight, with some crafty little alterations in the tune and the accompaniment patterns. It's easy to imagine a jazz guitarist or bluegrass mandolinist equally well taking Amick's role in the arrangement. "La Segunda" also features the mandolin, this time in partnership with the piano, playing a folkloric sounding theme with an Argentine rhythm. The program closes with the two Jasons in violin/piano duet, a loose, playful cover of Miles Davis' "All Blues." No dramatic rearrangement here, just an elegant treatment that breathes fresh life into what is fast becoming a chestnut.

Everything about United is a joy: the playing, the choice of material, and the unfettered way that musical genre is ignored. Jazz violin fans, especially, should not miss it. Jason Anick is a special player indeed.

Track Listing: Achi; Bird's Eye View; Well Red; Stillness; Harlem Hoedown; Something; Turbulent Plover; Sweet Pea; La Segunda; All Blues.

Personnel: Jason Anick: violin, mandolin; Jason Yeager: piano; Greg Loughman: bass (1-3, 6-8); Mike Connors: drums (1-3, 6-8); John Lockwood: bass (5, 9); Jerry Leake: percussion (5-9); Jason Palmer: trumpet (3, 5); Clay Lyons: alto saxophone (2); George Garzone: tenor saxophone (7).

Title: United | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Inner Circle Music

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Achi

Achi

Jason Anick
United

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Read more articles
United

United

Inner Circle Music
2017

buy
Jason Anick: Tipping Point

Jason Anick: Tipping...

Magic Fiddle Music
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Postcard Collection CD/LP/Track Review
Postcard Collection
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 21, 2018
Read Der Dichter Spricht CD/LP/Track Review
Der Dichter Spricht
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: June 21, 2018
Read Dodecahedron CD/LP/Track Review
Dodecahedron
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 21, 2018
Read The Chopin Project CD/LP/Track Review
The Chopin Project
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 21, 2018
Read Walk The Walk CD/LP/Track Review
Walk The Walk
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: June 21, 2018
Read Grime Scene CD/LP/Track Review
Grime Scene
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 20, 2018
Read "The World Of Captain Beefheart" CD/LP/Track Review The World Of Captain Beefheart
by Jerome Wilson
Published: February 11, 2018
Read "Baby Talk" CD/LP/Track Review Baby Talk
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 14, 2017
Read "Der Verboten" CD/LP/Track Review Der Verboten
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 7, 2017
Read "Disarm" CD/LP/Track Review Disarm
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 8, 2018
Read "Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet" CD/LP/Track Review Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 9, 2018
Read "Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 32" CD/LP/Track Review Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 32
by Don Phipps
Published: December 13, 2017