Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Jeff Denson Quartet, Concentric Circles
The music is carefully and nicely arranged and the swinging nature of the band is in no way impeded by the intricacies of the music.
Jeff sings on this too and he's very good, rangy and impeccably phrased.
One should listen closely to what Jeff is up to on bass, both in ensemble and solo contexts. The bassoon work of Hansen and piano of Zemelman most definitely add to it all as well.
This is contemporary jazz that is very well wrought and expressive without exactly falling into the avant camp. But neither is it the least bit cliche, but always thoroughly musical and modern.
I must suggest this release for anyone looking for something new and unusual. It is a great listen.