with Abraham Gomez-Delgado (vocals, percussionist). The band plays a fascinating mix of Latin, progressive jazz and world music (the co-leaders call it "trans-idiomatic") and they do it with panache and great joy. The other members of the band include Kamala Sankaram (voice, accordion), Mark Taylor (french horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Michael Attias (baritone saxophone), Pete Fitzpatrick (electric guitar), Alvaro Benavides (electric bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). The New Haven gig is the second in a 4-day jaunt that starts in New York City on Thursday and ends on Sunday in Baltimore. The band is working on new material in preparation for its second CD (to be released on Cuneiform Records in the Spring of 2012.) Seating is limited for The Big Room so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve your tickets. To find out more about this adventurous group, go to www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/positive.html.
"Don't Attack" is another long piece (just under 10 minutes) that starts as a ballad and again Farber's sweet soprano lays out the melodic theme. As he moves through his fine solo, the rhythm section begins to intensify their attack and continue the driving support as Kehati digs deeply for his solo. Sapir's bass work on "The Snow and the Sun" is exemplary, quite melodic even as he is supportive. Here, Farber's tenor saxophone explores a melody that is closer to folk-rock. The final track, "Invisible Green", is a ballad all the way through. Farber sits out as the guitarist plays the plaintive theme (reminiscent of Pat Metheny but also one might hear The Beatles in several of the chord patterns) and delivers a solo filled with rippling lines and bell-like tones.
"Flowers and Other Stories" does not hit the listener over the head with pounding rhythms and long, complicated, solos. Instead, it is thoughtful and thought-provoking music that attracts one with its melodic framework, its dynamic variations and strong instrumental work from all involved. Music to ponder not to blast through the house. For more information, go to www.assafkehati.com.
thejazzsession.com/2011/10/24/the-jazz-session-318-gerald-wilson-part-1/ and enjoy the history (and civics) lesson.