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Album Review

Tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby's trio record with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Paul Motian falls somewhere between the pianoless groups of Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman, starting off with Ornette's "Humpty Dumpty." The music is sparse much of the time, but tied at least loosely to chordal improvisation. Malaby is usually the lead voice and sets the direction of the music, although Gress and Motian are important if subtle contributors. Malaby varies the emotions and tempos, with the searching and mournful "Dorotea la Cautiva," the adventurous "No Brainer," "What Is This Thing Called Love," and "Cosas" (which is based on "All The Things You Are") being among the highlights. Malaby gives the impression that he could improvise endlessly without running out of interesting ideas.

Customer Reviews

Tony Malaby deserves much more recognition

On Adobe, Malaby reaches a level of integrity and sophistication unheard of from most tenor players today. His improvisations are simply stated, yet still as dynamic and powerful as everything else we've heard from Malaby. Maine, Adobe Blues, and Cosas dazzle. Motian's sparse, yet perfect, drumming helps Adobe reach the highest levels of 21st century jazz.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Influenced by artists ranging from John Coltrane and Archie Shepp to Roscoe Mitchell (among others), Tony Malaby is a probing tenor saxophonist who is comfortable with both inside and outside playing. Some of Malaby's work has been very avant-garde and left of center, although he has had no problem playing more mainstream post-bop. The saxman was born in Tucson, AZ, in 1964 and grew up in that southwestern city; Malaby made his first trip to New York in 1990, when he was attending William Paterson...
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Aug 31, 2004

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