The Cookers (the septet with Billy Hart, George Cables, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Cecil McBee, and Donald Harrison) - Weiss is much more prominent in Point of Departure, a quintet (plus guests) that takes its name from an Andrew Hill composition (and album). This group mines music from the late 1960s and early 70s from composers like Hill, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, and two men closely associated with the Detroit music scene of that time, pianist Kenny Cox and trumpeter Charlie Moore. Those two musicians, who recorded as the Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet, had a big effect of Weiss and he has recorded a number of their pieces with Point of Departure.
"Wake Up Call" (Ropeadope) is the ensemble's fourth CD. The 9-song program is broken into three sections, "I. Prologue", "II. Unfinished Business", and "III. New Beginning". Judging by the power of the music, I believe that Weiss is telling his audience that these songs, many of them from the raucous years of the late 1960s, are indicative of the turmoil in this country at that time and how they reflect these troubled times. Besides Weiss on trumpet (and Fender Rhodes on 2 tracks), Point of Departure is composed of Matt Clohesy (bass), Ben Eunson (guitar), Myron Walden (tenor sax on 6 tracks), J.D. Allen (tenor sax on 3 tracks), Nir Felder (guitar on 3 tracks), Travis Reuter (guitar on 6 tracks) and, for my money, the most important element in the group, drummer Kush Abadey. The drummer, who first came to critical notice at the age of 16 when he joined Wallace Roney's group, has worked with Terence Blanchard, Chris Potter, Tomasz Stanko and many others.
"Wake Up Call" is intense music, so much so that even the quieter moments have great power. Listen to this music for its messages, for the solos, for the amazing work of Kush Abadey and Matt Clohesy, for the smart two-guitar work, and for its power. David Weiss & Point of Departure wants you to get off your feet and let the music created here push you to action.
For more information, go to davidweissmusic.com/projects/david-weiss-point-of-departure/.
Take a listen:
s currently an Assistant Professor of Jazz/Commercial Saxophone at Towson University in Maryland. His third album as a leader, "One: Detroit - Cleveland Trio" (Fresh Sound New Talent), features the rhythm section of bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Gerald Cleaver, both of whom hail from the Motor City and recorded with Rigby on his 2009 FSNT album "The Sage." In fact, Brown was also on Rigby's 2006 debut for Fresh Sound, "Translucent Space."
"One" is a good title. Yes, this is a trio recording but the musicians approached the session of one mind; to play hard, smart, and together. One can hear plenty of "freedom", with the sax, drums, and bass seemingly going in three directions at the same time but never at cross purposes. Listen to the music of Jason Rigby: The Detroit - Cleveland Trio with open ears and you will be rewarded many times over.
For more information, go to www.jason-rigby.com.
Enjoy the opening track: