5

Sketches: Volume 2

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Sketches: Volume 2 Same musicians, same winning concept, great new songs: that's what awaits on the second volume of music from the quintet collective known as Sketches.

This Brooklyn-based outfit works a unique angle with its own brand of cross-pollinated composition, whereby one musician brings in a tidbit of music that serves as the seed for a piece from the pen of another band member. It's a form of collaborative writing that allows both parties to work alone together.

To some, the band and its concept may smack of gimmickry, but those thoughts belong with the pure cynics, not the open ears. The music speaks for itself, and boy, does it ever speak. The album opens on a brilliant odd-metered construct ushered in with hypnotic piano, carried further along with strong grooves and individual statements ("Caught In The Storm"). From that point on, it's simply a world open to possibility. Slow-and-deep backbeat-driven winners burrow into the mind ("Bibi"); relatively mellow scenarios with swing-ish underpinnings surface ("Sirenia"); dark avenues—places fraught with uncertainty, populated and driven by angst and rebellion—are explored to the fullest ("Rub"); curious music with a tribal bent takes hold ("Dyson Ritual"); and a hopeful goodbye sends everybody on their way ("Calm After The Storm").

While the compositions and the concept driving them deserve a good deal of praise and attention, it's ultimately the personalities at play that bring the music to life. Pianist Jarrett Cherner's diverse talents are on full display as he alternately engages in rhythmic tiling, mixes it up with his band mates, and solos on top of things; trumpeter Matt Holman and saxophonist Jeremy Udden brilliantly balance moods, working plaintive, lyrical, and frantic strains into the music; drummer Ziv Ravitz is equal parts beat-keeper and colorist; and bassist Martin Nevins' wide beat, thick sound, and soulful baring bring heart to this music.

In an era where one-off projects, here-and-gone groups, and ad hoc assemblages seem all-too-common, it's nice to see a band built around a unique idea that's willing to go for the long haul and develop over time. So far, it's paying off big time for Sketches.


Track Listing: Caught In The Storm; Bibi; Sirenia; Hybrid Cars; Y&H; Wrong Place, Wrong Time; Hail From Plainville; Rub; Dyson Ritual; Not Wrong; Calm After The Storm.

Personnel: Matt Holman: trumpet, flugelhorn; Jeremy Udden: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone; Jarrett Cherner: piano; Martin Nevins: bass; Ziv Ravitz: drums.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
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 "Whisper" CD/LP/Track Review Whisper
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "Checking Out" CD/LP/Track Review Checking Out
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 19, 2016
Read "Time Is Coming" CD/LP/Track Review Time Is Coming
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 13, 2016
Read "Parallax" CD/LP/Track Review Parallax
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 21, 2016
Read "True Love Collection" CD/LP/Track Review True Love Collection
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island" CD/LP/Track Review Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 6, 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!