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Marcus, Mitch Quintet / Countdown 2 Meltdown
Album:Countdown 2 Meltdown Collection:Jazz
Artist:Marcus, Mitch Quintet Added:02/2010
Label:Porto Franco Records 

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Add Date:2010-03-21 Pull Date:2010-05-23 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2010-03-21 
MITCH MARCUS QUINTET: Countdown 2 Meltdown
Porto Franco, 2010

MODERN JAZZ – He’s moved back to New York, but saxophonist Mitch Marcus left the Bay Area a fine parting gift: his quintet’s third CD has a good blend of glide and gristle, with fiery solos and touches of humor to boot. Compositional duties are spread around the band, but there’s unity in approach and a tight ensemble sound.

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8

1. 8:15 – lumpy theme, churns with noirish air, vocal refrain, hot twisting solos
2. 7:14 – Arabic flavor, tricky rhythmic shifts: sax soars within the low groove
3. 6:48 – uptempo: insistent drums won’t let go, some Coltrane references
4. 6:45 – heavy ballad; free improv middle section. Yes, it’s about baseball
5. 6:57 – ominous theme in weird meter, but the solos really groove and burn
6. 5:54 – new version of tune from their first CD: rocks smoothly, chatty solos
7. 4:54 – high-speed goofy percolation: saxes & guitar ride the roller coaster
8. 8:03 – Ethiopian jazz influence: grooves at two speeds, adventurous solos
9. 8:52 – quick & boppish: oblique scat vocals, careening sax, long drum solo
10. 3:35 – cool surf-rock sound: guitar rides the barrel, drums pound the beat

[ Fo ] 03/21/10

Track Listing
1.Coffeee And Cones 6.S.S. Clagett
2.Ron And The Machete 7.Tron Mccain
3.Countdown 2 Meltdown 8.Wonton
4.A's Lament 9.H.H.
5.Jimmy's Delight 10.The Albatross