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Pellegrin, Rich Quintet / Three-Part Odyssey
Album:Three-Part Odyssey Collection:Jazz
Artist:Pellegrin, Rich Quintet Added:03/2011
Label:Oa2 Records 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2011-03-20 
RICH PELLEGRIN QUINTET: Three-Part Odyssey
OA2, 2011

MODERN JAZZ – This Seattle band has a lot going for it: a strong blend of groove and boldness, distinctive voices and solid interplay. Their music is engaging, intellectual and forward-thinking, but one thing tempers my enthusiasm: there’s a rattling noise (I presume from a sizzle cymbal?) that intrudes on every track and is distracting as all hell. If that doesn’t bother you then by all means play it; there’s some very cool, unique stuff here.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, maybe 8

1. 12:06 – muscular postbop groove, ceaseless bass riff: probing piano solo dissolves into a scribble; sneaky sax grows tense, drums roll & scatter
2. 6:27 – calm, reflective, rather angular; rises up (rattle is really distracting here)
3. 8:45 – dour groove: trumpet teases as rhythm dodges; bass & drums get busy
4. 12:13 – bending bass intro, exotic theme with cool ensemble and some Eastern touches; piano dives in, sax gets brittle, trumpet stands firm
5. 8:33 – heavy! skritchy bowed bass improv and somber but rising piano cycles
6. 6:58 – intense Steve Reich minimalist spiral: band orbits fast piano patterns
7. 8:22 – shadowy tune with loping rhythm: strong trumpet reaches out, meets sax
8. 9:33 – brooding tune, accelerates as piano builds steam, exotic sax blows it off

[ Fo ] 03/19/11

Track Listing
1.Nothing Comes To Mind 5.Pastiche
2.Distant, Distorted You 6.Piano Phase
3.Obtusity 7.Marruecos
4.Breathe 8.Maze