Friday, January 18, 2013

Ferenc Nemeth, Triumph

Ferenc Nemeth drums, composes, and arranges his way to some excellent contemporary jazz in Triumph (Dreamer's Collective 002). The compositions have a rock-funk core much of the time, on which complex compositional lines and good improvisational ideas are layered.

The band is something else. Guitarist Lionel Loueke does some improvising that stays in the mind, sometimes simultaneously singing along. Joshua Redman sounds excellent, as ever. Kenny Werner is in a "take it someplace" keyboard zone, in a post-Miles pocket. And Ferenc gives us the endless variation funk-rock pulse with lots of gutsy ideas.

This is the more or less acoustic sort of jazz-rock that seems so prevalent today. But it's especially good. Ferenc is off and running.

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