Monday, February 8, 2010

David Mott's "Downtown Runout"

Baritone saxophonist and composer David Mott steps forward once again for one of his most satisfying recordings to date. Downtown Runout (SOCAN/ features the lengthy self-titled suite plus a closing piece, as performed by David's quintet of quite capable but perhaps lesser known Canadian musicians, in a quintet lineup of baritone, tenor, trumpet, bass and drums.

It's ensemble music of a free but structured bent. The interplay of free ensemble with written compositional themes keeps the music focused and allows for a heightened fullness of sound and concept. It is a tour de force of David Mott's considerable talents as a composer, improviser and band leader. Those new to Mr. Mott's music could well start here. Fascinating and lucid thematic concept and execution put this release in the inner sanctum of recent serious jazz offerings.

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