Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The O'Farrill Brothers Band, Sensing Flight

There are CDs that come along that are too involved and ambitious to be considered "mainstream" yet do not have the typical trappings of free or avant jazz. You might call them progressive? Such an album is that by the O'Farrill Brothers, Sensing Flight (Zoho 201301).

It's filled with the smart compositions of trumpetissmo Adam O'Farrill, along with a Strayhorn perennial, a classic by Carla Bley and one by the tenor saxist in the band, Livio Almeida. These are substantial tunes, arranged nicely for the six-member band: Adam, Livio, Zach O'Farrill at the drums, Gabe Schnider, guitar, Adam Kromelow, piano, and Raviv Markovitz, acoustic bass.

These are good players soloing very respectively in the well arranged backdrop matrix. There a little subtle funk-rock, a little odd-metered or rhythmically pronounced ensemble pieces, a touch of Latin and international influence as you might expect.

It's a thorough pleasure hearing it. This is their second. . . . Something fans of later Blue Note recordings will appreciate. . . but updated. Check it out.

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