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Album Review

Several unusual aspects of this recording stand out. First, there is the utter versatility of Joe Lovano, who penned several of the tunes and performs convincingly on a variety of instruments, including drums. Next is the mix of players; acoustic guitar and bass, sax, and voice make up the core of the ensemble, with varied combinations on each tune. Finally, there is the essentially conservative, melodic content. James Emery, in particular, focuses on writing beautiful lines. A perfect example is his simple though attractive "Hannah's Tune," which closes the album. Judi Silvano's flute work adds an extra dimension, although she is heard mostly in her customary role as a scat singer. While some of the pieces drift a bit, Emery's acoustic guitar pleases with its nuance and intensity. The guitarist has absorbed a plethora of influences and whether he picks or strums, the results are serious and almost always worth hearing. There is a chamber feel to some of the pieces, and even Lovano's drums are tastefully restrained. Drew Gress' bass plays an important role, underpinning the foundation and providing some impressive soloing. His backing of Lovano on "Splendido" is one of the highlights of the album.


Born: 20 November 1959 in Trenton, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New York bassist Drew Gress became increasingly visible in contemporary improvised music throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In the late '80s, he co-founded the quartet Joint Venture, which released three albums on Enja spanning 1987-1994. Later, Gress led his own N.Y.-based quartet, Jagged Sky, who released their debut, Heyday, in 1998 on Soul Note. The late '90s also found Gress performing and recording in Paraphrase, an improvising trio with Tim Berne and Tom Rainey. Paraphrase released two CDs during...
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Fourth World, Drew Gress
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 11 December 2001

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