The program concludes three tracks with the three saxophonists. They range from the powerful drive of "At This Juncture in Time" to the slow motion of "Sleepwalk" (good blend of flute with alto and tenor saxes) to the circular melodies of "What's Up Yourself." Each track deserves a close listen to enjoy the voices interact and how the arrangements play with time, colors, and, of course, melody.
Unlike "pop" music, most other styles and recordings have no expiration date. I may have come late to "Portraits" but, once rediscovered, this music has staying power. It speaks to those who love melody, conversational interactions, adventurous rhythms, and more. Guilhem Flouzat, who has recorded and toured with vocalist Kevita Shah, saxophonist Adam Larson, and Jay Rattman, is a wonderfully sensitive drummer and proving that he's an excellent composer as well.
For more information, go to guilhemflouzat.com.
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Bassist David Ambrosio (Grupo Los Santos, George Schuller) and drummer Russ Meissner (Sean Smith Quartet, Jim Campilongo & Honeyfingers) have worked together on numerous occasions, most recently on the bassist's 2014 "Gone" album. Joining them on the musical journey are Nate Radley (guitar), Leonard Thompson (piano), Matt Renzi (tenor saxophone, English horn), and Loren Stillman (alto saxophone). The music goes in different directions, from the Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk-inspired "Quartet Note" (the interaction of the leaders is quite impressive) to the sharper edges of "No V" (great interplay between Radley and Stillman on the opening) to the attractive forward motion of "Far West." The listener can enjoy the work of the rhythm section throughout yet do not forget to pay attention how the guitar and piano are utilized join on most of the tracks plus the strong work of both saxophonists.
For more information, go to www.russmeissner.com and/or to www.davidambrosio.com.