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Album Review

Jerome Sabbagh has pleasing and mellow tones on tenor and soprano. Most of Pogo is a quiet recording, one in which the solos and ensembles are thoughtful and laid-back rather than exciting. There are spots where the melodic music becomes rather sleepy, and it is not until Ben Monder takes a rockish solo on the fourth cut, the bluesy "Stand Up," that the set comes to life. Even then, by the time "As One" rolls around, the introspective mood has returned in full force. Monder has some intense moments during his solo on the drone piece "Hamra," but Sabbagh never really cuts loose. Some listeners will find this set to be subtle and full of quiet invention; others will be bored. Certainly the musicianship is excellent, but one wishes that a fire had been lit under these players. Even their song titled "Eye of the Storme" could easily be used as a lullaby.

Customer Reviews

this artist is better than the itunes review

Dear Jazz fans: Jerome is a heavy player. He has a clean sound and great control over his instrument and has excellent melodic ideas. Just because someone plays with subtlety doesn't mean that they are weak. The itunes writer didn't do their homework on this one. Check out Jerome's site and download some of his music there and the sheet music he's put up and listen to the tracks while you look at the music. Then come back and buy it. His music is challenging and really fun to play. Plus the band on this album is the one you'll see in NYC when they play out and these guys are no joke. Middle Earth and Sick Leo are recommended.

Boo to the original album review!!!

Although Jerome's playing might be laid back, he defenitley is not a boring player. At an intense jazz camp that I went to, he was actually my ensemble teacher how cool is that?!?! Regardless, i had been hearing his solos when the faculty would jam. Some showed of his so called "laid-back" style but most were extremely upbeat, exiting, and colorful. The album reviewer on this page probably got up on the wrong side of the bed when he wrote this.

Pogo, Jerome Sabbagh
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