"Tetrahedron", the album, closes with the high-powered "The Sneaky Two" – the power generated by the bass and drums may remind some of the work Billy Cobham created in the late 1970s. Yet, for all the electric excitement, there's also subtlety and great dynamic variation. Ernesto Cervini continues to make great strides on the contemporary music scene, getting and holding one's attention with his myriad creative projects. His music searches, probes, explores even as it swings, sways, rocks, and dances through your mind. Kudos as well go to bassist Rich Brown whose underpinning and inventive solos make this album even more enjoyable.
To find out more, go to www.ernestocervini.com.
Here's a live version of "Stro":
You can make up your own mind as to the narrative Nick Finzer creates on "Cast Of Characters" but there's no argument that the music sings, roars, romps, sighs, and is emotionally rich. The sextet has played together numerous times live and in the studio; that comfort allows the leader to challenge them with his compositions and they respond with creativity!
For more information, go to www.nickfinzermusic.com.
Here's the group in the studio:
Nick and the band celebrates the album's release with live gigs throughout March including The Nash in Phoenix, AZ (3/7), Blue Whale in Los Angeles, CA (3/8), Jazzville in Palm Springs, CA (3/11), Dazzle Jazz in Denver, CO (3/12), University of Nevada/Reno in Reno, NV (3/13), a House Concert in Reno, NV (3/14), Birdland in New York City, NY (3/26), Rudy's Jazz Room in Nashville, TN (3/37), and The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme CT (3/28) – check the website for ticket links.
"Realization" is a fine showcase for two young trombonists Altin Sencalar and Chris Glassman; their musical collaboration is also a spotlight for Addison Frei, Nathan Borton, and Zach Adelman, all of whom are beginning to open eyes and ears of listeners around the US (and beyond). The Sencalar-Glassman Quintet has created a debut album that feels like springtime: clean, fresh, and promising – give a listen!
For more information, go to www.sencalarglassmanquintet.com.
Here's the opening track: