"Time Is Thicker" closes as it opened, with a romp. This time, it's Cole Porter's "Just One Of Those Things" that the trio kick into high gear. Sperrazza gets to play with the rhythm while Bailey's walking...running...bass lines keeps the piece from spinning off its axis. There is a brief moment in the clarinet solo when McGinnis conjures up the spirits of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. Pull a chair and get acquainted with the sounds of Mike McGinnis, Elias Bailey, and Vinnie Sperrazza – your head will be in a better place when you do.
For more information, go to www.mikemcginnis.com. To purchase the album, go to https://openstreammusic.bandcamp.com/album/time-is-thicker.
Here's the Chano Pozo/ Gil Fuller classic:
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For more information, go to www.michaelthomasjazz.com. You can listen to and purchase the album at https://michaelthomasjazz.bandcamp.com/album/event-horizon.
Here's the quartet in action:
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Zamzama Records. The quintet's self-titled 2018 debut album displayed a band with its roots in both Middle-Eastern rhythms and the hard-bop of people such as Art Blakey and John Coltrane.
Wilson Live. The opening track, "Shabazi", blows out of the speakers at a pace that will take your breath. There's a hint of McCoy Tyner in the powerful piano lines while the intertwined tenors pour out the riffs. Avital and Nehemya set an incredible pace and there are delightful solos from Yuria and Levin plus a driving drum explosion over the repetitive piano and bass figures.
"New York Paradox" is the sound of a "working" band having a terrific time playing. Once these crazy days pass, you are well-advised to check out Omer Avital Qantar at a performance space near you. Until then, the band's exciting, inviting, new album will more than whet your appetite.
For more information, go to www.omeravital.com. To purchase the album, go to https://omeravital.bandcamp.com/album/quantar-new-york-paradox.