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Finlayson, Jonathan & Sicilian Defense / Moment And The Message
Album:Moment And The Message Collection:Jazz
Artist:Finlayson, Jonathan & Sicilian Defense Added:Jun 2013
Label:Pi Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-06-17 Pull Date:2013-08-19 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Aug 11Jul 14Jul 7Jun 30Jun 23

 Recent Airplay
1.Aug 23, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
La Bas-Fond
4.Jul 04, 2013:July 4
Lo Haze, Lo Haze
2.Aug 08, 2013:Rebop
Lo Haze
5.Jul 04, 2013:Rebop
3.Jul 11, 2013:Rebop
Lo Haze
6.Jun 27, 2013:Rebop

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-06-13 
Pi, 2013

AVANT-JAZZ – East Bay native Finlayson has established a strong reputation as trumpeter in Steve Coleman’s Five Elements and other cutting-edge projects. Now he makes his debut as leader of a solid, complex quintet. The tunes all share a multi-layered feel, geometric angularity, and hopscotch movement that reflect the chess-inspired band name and also show a lot of Coleman’s rhythmic influence.

Jonathan Finlayson : trumpet
Miles Okazaki : guitar
David Virelles : piano
Keith Witty : bass
Damion Reid : drums

All quite good. Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4, 6

1. 7:42 – 1st half: geometric, chugging, lopsided; 2nd half: slow & brooding
2. 7:54 – steady, sideways movement; switches to a hopping upbeat rhythm
3. 5:43 – careful, analytical: cool guitar/trumpet dialogue, drums take over late
4. 7:10 – cool, intellectual groove, very tricky: long trumpet solo sounds great
5. 5:37 – solo guitar intro; push/pull tension makes it feel folksy yet edgy too
6. 5:56 – solo piano intro; serious but repetitive riff vs. cool round of solos
7. 4:14 – straining to rise: piano and trumpet tug at the cord
8. 12:40 – starts in suspended animation, slow & very sparse; gradually speeds up and then chugs like a heavy machine; good work from all
9. 6:07 – very angular clomping groove: detached trumpet, scurrying piano

[ Fo ] - 13 June 2013

Track Listing
1.Circus 5.Tensegrity
2.Lo Haze 6.La Bas-Fond
3.Ruy Lopez 7.Tyre
4.Carthage 8.Fives And Pennies
 9.Scaean Gates