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.
THE saxophonist leading The Andy Sugg Group is a quite different beast from his fiery free-jazz incarnation with Kris Wanders. In a recording taken at the end of a long season at the Brunswick Green Hotel, Sugg’s ensemble of Daniel Gassin (keys), Nashua Lee (guitar), Thom Mann (drums) and Michael Story (bass) delivers detailed and delicate fusion.
Sugg’s originals are layered and incremental, but the feel is relaxed, with none of the developmental tension displayed by The Necks. The appeal is in the obvious synergy, with each member of the group feeling free to contribute alongside others in varied absorbing entanglements.
It would have been nice to hear more of Mann and Story — as in Blah — and perhaps some fiery Sugg, but this is a valued testament to nights in Brunswick.
File between: John Coltrane, Weather Report
Download: Blah, Tower Road
This review also appeared in the Play liftout of the Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne on January 9, 2011
Posted in CD REVIEWS
Tagged Blah, Brunswick Green Hotel, Brunswick Nights, CD review, CD reviews, Daniel Gassin, John Coltrane, Kris Wanders, Michael Story, Nashua Lee, The Andy Sugg Group, The Necks, Thom Mann, Tower Road, Weather Report