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.
THERE’S a cool elegance, complexity and delicacy of touch to tenor saxophonist Delecca’s second quartet album, but one track stands out. On Regulated, Delecca and Marc Hannaford on piano build excitement through barely suppressed tension, ably backed by Daniel Farrugia on drums and Jonathan Zion on acoustic bass. It’s gripping, draining and satisfying.
The all-new quartet, plus Elvis Aljus on congas in the energetic Catalyst, plays eight Delecca compositions and one, Blues Bungle, by pianist Will Poskitt, to whose memory the album is dedicated.
This contained outing offers melodic beauty (A Dog’s Tale, Lost City) and sustained intensity (Catalyst, Living With Weirdness).
File between: Steve Grossman, Joe Henderson
Review published previously in Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne
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SO many performances at Bennetts Lane are loved and lost — treasured experiences recalled, but not revisited. An exception is captured on Frock’s fifth album, recorded there live last year.
To Frock’s atypical instrumentation — Adam Starr (guitars), Anthony Schulz (accordion and piano), Craig Beard (vibraphone, percussion), Simon Starr (acoustic bass) and Dave Beck (drums, cymbals, percussion) — is added Anton Delecca on saxophones.
The range of instruments allows great variety in compositions by four band members, providing sublime interplay. Audience appreciation is evident in this inventive, intriguing and lively outing. Standouts are Adam Starr’s Sungo Tango, with great piano and bowed bass; his thoughtful African Thing, with an expressive accordion solo; and the Beard/Schulz piece Please Make Good Harmony, Mr Schulz, with excellent piano and vibes.
Review by ROGER MITCHELL