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Nine of the 10 songs are originals with one track,"Dissolution", from guest Nick Vayenas (the trombonist is a long-time friend of Cornelius - in fact, he has appeared on all of the saxophonist's previous releases plus they worked as co-leaders on the first album either player ever released in 2000). What a treat to listen to Allison and Ferber create the underpinnings on each track, how melodic the bassist is (his phrasing is rarely cliché-filled), and the power and subtlety the drummer brings to the songs (for example, "Telescope" finds him responding to what the soloist are doing but also pushing them to dig deeper). Then, there's Escreet - he can and does play many different styles. Here, he sets up the chordal patterns, and, on occasion, the pace (his playful two-handed rhythmic intro to "Restless Willow" can be heard throughout the piece as both a touchstone and a pace setter). His solos are quite delightful, playful, and, in the case of the final track "For Morgan", emotionally satisfying. That track, written in response to the sudden passing of Cornelius's high school saxophone teacher and mentor Morgan King, is a tender and loving remembrance. The melody has a soulful, gospel-like feel, and the leader's alto sounds, at times, as if he's praying as well as also celebrating the life of an extraordinary person.
"This Should Be Fun" is another fine album by Patrick Cornelius. Each one has been different with one of the constants being the excellent songwriting. The leader has a "sweeter" sound, neither gutsy nor gusty, but also not soft and irrelevant. He sings on the saxophone in a manner that makes one listen closely, closer to hear the melodies throughout his solos as well as his interactions with the band. All in all, a fine hour of music from start to finish.
For more information, go to www.patrickcornelius.com.
Step out with the title track:
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Tenor saxophonist Sam Dillon makes his Post-Tone debut with "Force Field"; coming just seven months after his album debut "Out In The Open", released on Cory Weeds' Cellar Live. Dillon, a native of New York City, has been playing saxophone since before he was a teenager and has numerous high-profile gigs. He's worked with drummer Joe Chambers's Moving Pictures Jazz Orchestra, the Captain Black Big Band, the Big Apple Circus, and many more. Dillon is also an educator and conducts numerous workshops with high school bands. His C.V. is already chock-full of accomplishments and he's only in his mid-30s.
Still, the emphasis is mostly on uptempo tunes. Dease returns for Dillon's "Two-Part Problem", a fast-paced romp that Hill fills with powerful chords and long-single note runs. The leader digs into his solo and flies over the propulsive drums and galloping bass lines. The album closes with Charlie Parker's "Dexterity". Dig Wong's fine bass work. Hill sits this one out so it's Dillon, Marshall, and the bassist filling the sound spectrum. They have great fun doing so and it shows.
Sam Dillon, to play on the words of the Parker tune, is quite a dexterous musician. He does not tend to show off but plays shorter, pithy, solos. That leaves plenty of room for the other musicians to show their talents. Theo Hill's fine piano work stands out throughout the album and the rhythm section shines. "Force Field" is a pleasure to listen to and bodes well for the future of its leader!
To find out more, go to www.samdillonmusic.com.
Here's the title song: