Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Hands, Hearts & Souls
"Percussion Theory" is quite the aural journey. At times, there are hints of Oregon, of Steve Reich, electronica, Brazilian rhythms, and so much more. Alejandro Coello, a mature musician and composer at 27, is opening doors into a sound world that seemingly has no barriers. Where he goes should be a continual journey of discovery!
For more information and education, go to alejandrocoello.com.
"People Are Fragile" is a true observation of our modern "lives". One can easily be broken by tragedy, by inequality, racism, sexism, rage, and, more and more, indifference. But Ashley Daneman offers the listener solace, a respite from madness (save for the anger that permeates "Daddy's Gonna Die Soon" which, I'm sure, must have been cathartic for the performer), and the knowledge that one is not really alone in this world (unless you so choose). Listen to this songs, be open to the messages, and enjoy the voices and wonderful musicians.
For more information, go to www.ashleydanemanmusic.com.
Besides the NYSQ, Berkman also leads a trio and a sextet. The latter is actually composed of two trios: the rhythm section of Berkman (piano), Chris Lightcap (bass), and Kenneth Salters (drums) and the three-person reed section of Dayna Stephens (tenor saxophone, EWI), Billy Drewes (alto sax, clarinet), and Adam Kolker (soprano sax, bass clarinet). The sextet's 2015 debut album featured the same reed section plus Brian Blade (drums) and Linda May Han Oh (bass).
Since his 1998 debut ("Handmade"), David Berkman has shown a knack for writing excellent ballads. On this album, it's "Sincerely." Armacost and Drewes (alto) share the solo spotlight also playing the lovely countermelody at the close of the piece.
If you are a fan of intelligent, well-played, and smartly-arranged music, "Six of One" is definitely one for you. David Berkman is not only a fine composer but also an excellent pianist. Enjoy!
Here's the opening track: