Thursday, May 9, 2013

John Vanore & Abstract Truth, Culture

Philly based John Vanore writes some beautiful charts. . . probably nowhere more so than on his new, fourth album with the large band Abstract Truth, Culture (Acoustical Concepts 47). There is a good variety of music on this offering, from a nice big-band rethinking of Shorter's "Footprints" to a reworking of a piece by classical composer Frederico Mompou. In between there's some formidable original charts by John, including "Easter Island Suite."

The band has power, precision, and finesse. There is good soloing that is out front pretty often, from John on trumpet and Bob Howell on tenor, among various others.

This is heavy-hitting fully modern big band music from a tight organization. They are seriously advancing the big-band cause with some excellent music. Definitely recommended!

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