|Alessi, Ralph / Vice and Virtue|
|Add Date:||2003-06-30|| ||Pull Date:||2003-09-01|| ||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||27 Jul||20 Jul||13 Jul|
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
7- Upbeat, dancing brightness
8- Restrained trumpet, wild drums
9- Slowish; catchy overlapping horn lines
10- Fast ruiff and drum solo, into fast solos