THE complexity and diversity of the ensemble pianist Daniel Gassin gathers to air his compositions on this outing suit the material.
On reeds are Phil Noy (alto) and Anton Delecca (tenor), Pat Thiele and Cam McAllister share horn roles, Michael Story is on bass, and on two tracks Felipe Cornejo on bata drums joins Craig Simon on drum kit.
The emphasis is on changing rhythms, patterns and textures rather than melodies, with energy, tension and attention to detail resulting in wonderful busyness.
Yet Interlude, McDaniel Avenue, Crossover and San Jose, in which McAllister shines, celebrate the simplicity of solo instruments.
Gassin’s piano is eclectic, providing propulsion or tripping lightly over Simon and Story’s strong foundation.
Download: Banff Song, San Jose
File beside: Johannes Luebbers Dectet
This review was published also in the Play section of Melbourne’s Sunday Herald Sun on September 3, 2011.