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Meister, Blake / Septagon
Album:Septagon Collection:Jazz
Artist:Meister, Blake Added:Mar 2013
Label:Inner Circle Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-03-24 Pull Date:2013-05-27 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 26May 19May 12May 5Apr 28Apr 21Apr 14Apr 7

 Recent Airplay
1.May 22, 2013:Green Copper Radio
4.May 12, 2013:Swedish Morning Radio
2.May 17, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
Market East
5.May 10, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
The Grind
3.May 16, 2013:Rebop
6.May 09, 2013:Rebop

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-03-20 
Inner Circle, 2012

MODERN JAZZ – Debut release by a bassist out of the Baltimore/DC area, all original material. His quintet is made up of some heavy hitters, and he’s on Greg Osby’s label too, so that should tell you to expect a bit of adventure here. Meister’s tunes are friendly but come in from unusual angles, with guitar and sax (or flute) often working in tandem against gently twisted rhythm or through strangely shaped harmonies.

Blake Meister : bass
Gary Thomas : tenor sax, flute
Paul Bollenback : guitar
Marc Copland : piano
Ralph Peterson : drums

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7

1. 8:53 – rolling midtempo: dark jazz club feel, sax & guitar shadow each other
2. 8:37 – gentle intro; mysterious tick-tock tune, relaxed but full of odd angles
3. 5:51 – solo drums into hard modern swing: very twisty melody, tough bass
4. 8:26 – sweet, exotic ballad with busy bass intro, gently sloping solos, flute
5. 8:25 – odd, deliberately paced melody stalks and drifts, questioning solos
6. 8:22 – dark but snappy groove: close to straight-ahead jazz but still oblique
7. 7:42 – very nice smoky ballad with flute: serene bass solo, sparkling guitar
8. 7:34 – abstracted blues: plodding theme, but slippery guitar & sax solos

[ Fo ] - 20 March 2013

Track Listing
1.Blackout 5.Cynic
2.Sunken City 6.Market East
3.The Grind 7.Sunset
4.Falling (In Slow Motion) 8.Septagon