Title: Mantra Revealed
innova #: 816
Personnel: Marc Rossi (piano), Lance Van Lenten (saxophone and flute), Bill Urmson (electric bass), Mauricio Zottarelli (drums), Prassana (guitar on 1), Geetha Ramanathan Bennett (voice on 2, 3), Bruce Arnold (guitar on 4, 6)
Street date: 1/31/12
Description: Consider Boston-based pianist/composer Marc Rossi and the members of the Marc Rossi Group as ambassadors from an exotic locale where the dizzying modal runs of South and North Indian music swirl and blend with jazz and Afro-Latin forms. As a student of both Hindustani and Carnatic Indian music and a professor of piano and jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, Rossi has been a vital part of the Boston music scene for the past two decades, and he’s assembled an all-star cast for Mantra Revealed. The album’s rich panoply of colors and textures comes from the interplay of Rossi’s own distinctive compositions and the players’ absorbing improvisational skills. It’s become commonplace to refer to an album as a “journey” these days, but few navigate a path as wide-ranging, engaging and multi-hued as Mantra Revealed.
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Artist: John Yao Quintet
Title: In The Now
innova #: 823
Personnel: John Yao (trombone), Jon Irabagon (alto & soprano saxophones), Randy Ingram (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3), Leon Boykins (bass), Will Clark (drums)
Street date: 4/24/12
Description: In the Now, the debut album from the John Yao Quintet, signals the definitive arrival of trombonist and composer, John Yao. Demonstrating a broad textural palette and drawing from an array of stylistic influences, Yao explores the concept of opposing forces—of chaos and order, together and apart, individual and group. Each of the album’s eight tracks bears a unique identity, ranging from hard-hitting, experimental jazz to ballads that exude passion, tenderness, complexity, and understanding. In the Now is a musical journey beyond conventional jazz form and structure, with the ensemble winding skillfully through a wide range of moods, colors, and textures.
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Artist: Jeremy Long
Title: In Suspension
innova #: 827
Personnel: Jeremy Long (saxophone), Steve Snyder (organ), Jason Tiemann (drums)
Street date: 5/29/12
Description: Saxophonist/composer Jeremy Long has an impressive curriculum vitae, as broad as it is deep, straddling the worlds of classical and jazz music, but all the laurels and credits are, amazingly, outshone by the engaging, soulful music of his innova debut, In Suspension. The group twists and turns organ jazz into something fresh, revealing aspirations beyond simple blues-based workouts. As organist Larry Young did on his Blue Note classic, Unity, Long infuses the genre of organ jazz with a healthy dose of the angularity and extended harmonies of the avant-garde. The result is music that’s both smart and toe-tapping, a record that’s equal parts appealing and subtly challenging.
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