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Alessi, Ralph / Vice and Virtue
Album:Vice and Virtue Collection:Jazz
Artist:Alessi, Ralph Added:06/2003
Label:Rkm Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-06-30 Pull Date:2003-09-01 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:27 Jul20 Jul13 Jul
Airplays:121

Recent Airplay
1.Tue, 22 Jul 03:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
3.Sun, 13 Jul 03:otto mattick
To the Moon
2.Fri, 18 Jul 03:Wedge
Memory Select
4.Fri, 11 Jul 03:Wedge
Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-06-29 
Trumpet-drum explorations -- lots of freedom but in a "safe" melodic environment. Mostly energetic and bright. Alessi doesn't let his smooth-jazz roots show, thankfully, but even his most "out there" attempts come across pleasant and mannered. Shane Endlsey on drums adds ferocity and volume (a bit too much, sometimes).

Some tracks feature two trumpets and a trombone: 4,6,9

The concurrently released "This Against That" is a quintet album that has a fuller sound but lapses into corny habits more frequently.

1, 11 - Two takes on Ornette Coleman, similar sounding. Peaceful melody. 1 gets clattery in spots. 11 is gentler, features more technical tricks on trumpet
2- Brightly swinging (kind of). Carla Bley tune.
3- Improv, a fast patter. Pretty good.
4- Upbeat and flowing
5- Monk tune, mid/fast
6- Floaty
7- Upbeat, dancing brightness
8- Restrained trumpet, wild drums
9- Slowish; catchy overlapping horn lines
10- Fast ruiff and drum solo, into fast solos

Track Listing
1.Peace 6.Mask Upon Masks
2.Calls 7.If I Should Lose You
3.The Second Square One 8.Everyday Work
4.Post Scuffle 9.Equal or Lesser Value
5.Bye Ya 10.Soy Ink
 11.Peace