|Add Date:||2012-04-29|| ||Pull Date:||2012-07-01|| ||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||1 Jul||17 Jun||3 Jun||27 May||20 May||13 May||6 May|
Bassist and composer Ben Gallina leads a seven-piece band through some stunning jazz-fusion performances. The intricate compositions are tight and cohesive, despite wildly different parts for each musician, and each player is at least a borderline virtuoso. Clean and polished electric guitar and keyboards are especially noteworthy. The tunes are delightful and organic, played with the collective intensity of a Mingus group—think Weather Report in their most cheerful moods, with some notable Latin and World influences in the brass, although they can rock just as hard with acoustic instruments.|
1. (7:18) Brilliant suite progresses through many distinct parts—some are gentle and meandering, while others are bright and boisterous.
2. (3:59) A startling barrage of different motifs, a wide variety of tempos and rhythms (ranging from rock, blues, swing, even ska?), the whole band switching on a dime in perfect unison.
3. (7:04)* Upbeat and cheery piece, call this lounge music if the lounge is underwater beneath a warm Caribbean sun. A relaxed but persistent guitar solo takes you to outer space, and then a warm tenor sax solo brings you back to earth.
4. (7:45)*Gritty groovin’ klezmer-sounding piece romps around in many directions.
5. (7:08) Gentle, blissful sunshiney ballad.
6. *(7:27) A brash and immediate composition with helter-skelter sixteenth note rhythms. Skronky sax, bombastic electric piano and frantic drums.
7. *(7:30) breezy layers of gorgeous Bossa-influenced harmonies