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Meister, Blake / Septagon
Album:Septagon Collection:Jazz
Artist:Meister, Blake Added:03/2013
Label:Inner Circle Music 

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Add Date:2013-03-24 Pull Date:2013-05-27 Charts:Jazz
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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