By Lawrence Brazier
Alexander McCabe, alto saxophone; Joe Barbato, piano, accordion;
Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Steve Johns, drums
Enjoyable from the first notes from the piano on the first track,
which introduce us to alto saxophonist Alexander McCabe, a man whose solos progressively
mature throughout any given number. Very relaxed, laid-back rhythm section--cool
even when up-tempo.
The piano is a revelation. There is an obvious McCoy Tyner influence--although
that is not meant as denigration. Tyner is a good guy to sound like. In fact,
the first track could have easily been a Coltrane outing for McCabe and the rhythm
section as a whole. One hears intelligence that does not bludgeon the senses in
the solos--harmony of heart and mind, one might say, and then some.
The similar melodic structure of the first couple of tunes seems
to be heralding a suite. But then comes something else further on. The swathes
of sound by the drummer continued by the rest of the instruments, with Barbato
switching to accordion, and the nevertheless skipping beat of the title track,
is the stuff of musical fascination--something innovative that offers a sense
On track five McCabe has a free-flowing line going and plenty
of rapport with the other guys. The alto explores to the point where the piano
takes over to continue the superbly hip, Cuban rhythm. Bassist Okegwo lays it
down at a running pace on "Yours," and everyone gets to groove on the
rhythm--and yours truly got his fat, silly "yeah" grin on his face.
Make your house happy...get some music in the air. Buy the CD.
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