Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

6

Sketches: Volume One

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Dusk on the Porch"

This Brooklyn-based jazz quintet comprised of nascent talent takes a unique approach to composition. Here, the musicians share a sketch from a notepad, denoting an incomplete composition or musical fragment and another band-member runs with it to use as a foundation for a new composition. Nonetheless, it's a balanced program, where the musicians fuse probing melodic content via regimented flows and loose grooves, while occasionally skirting the outside realm. Essentially, these pieces are structured by design, yet the band doesn't constrict itself. They use space as an additional instrument, but turn up the heat during various movements.

"Dusk on the Porch," was composed by bassist Martin Nevin, based on a sketch by drummer Ziv Ravitz. It's a capacious slow-tempo blues vamp, partly tempered by the drummer's brisk brush-work. They shape a laidback vibe, softened by alto saxophonist Jeremy Udden's breathy lines and fluid developments. And the quintet takes great care building on variations of the blues groove, teeming with low-key emotive attributes, but slightly intensified by pianist Jarrett Cherner's swiftly rendered clusters. After the bridge, Nevin plucks his strings hard, emphasizing the slow-moving pulse as the band finalizes with the simple and rather convivial melody line. Hence, an album that touches on many aspects of the jazz vernacular, yet it's a comprehensive agenda that is impressively concocted with the ensemble's hallmark sound and unassuming complexities.

Track Listing:

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

Title: Volume One | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Original Jazz Classics Remasters

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read OR CD/LP/Track Review OR
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2018
Read The Songbook Project CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Project
by Don Phipps
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Solo a Genova CD/LP/Track Review Solo a Genova
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Reaching Out CD/LP/Track Review Reaching Out
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "From the Heart" CD/LP/Track Review From the Heart
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 11, 2017
Read "Man No Longer Me" CD/LP/Track Review Man No Longer Me
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 2, 2017
Read "Then and Now" CD/LP/Track Review Then and Now
by Duncan Heining
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "Mask Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Mask Dance
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Sing House" CD/LP/Track Review Sing House
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 11, 2017
Read "The Company I Keep" CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017