Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jacob Garchik, Jacob Sacks, David Ambrosio, Vinnie Sperrazza, 40Twenty

The "new thing" art avant jazz tradition of Herbie Nichols, Thelonious Monk, Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd is extended and made new again in the hands of the quartet that enlivens the disk 40Twenty (Yeah-Yeah 004).

It's a well matched group of jazz composer-instrumentalists: Jacob Garchik (trombone), Jacob Sacks (piano), David Ambrosio (bass) and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums). Each has a vital role to play in realizing the quite interesting compositions; each contributes at least one, Sperrazza and Ambrosio two apiece.

It's music with a harmonic base, but in no way a cliched one. The compositions set the mood and haunt the improvisations by integrating with them throughout.

Garchik is a very fine exponent of the trombone of finesse and control, virtuoso soul and line-crafting excellence. Sacks is a post-Nichols wonder of good musical sense. Ambrosio can solo with real ideas and hangs well with Vinnie Sperrazza's very swinging and smart drumming.

This is a quartet that does not come along every day. There is everything going for it, an avantness that incorporates earlier avant tradition while establishing a complete, cohesive identity of its own. Exceptional new music! Recommended.

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