This is demanding contemporary music that succeeds at the trick of pulling you in — and makes you glad to be there.
Dave Pietro is a fine, distinctive composer, an agile, precise saxophonist, and a band leader to be trusted.
That this assemblage works so well is a tribute to the big ears and hearts — and collective intelligence — of all the players here.
Yes, purchasing this EP will help out a good cause, but the musical value of this fabulous duo’s performance is priceless.
This is an intelligent, inventively performed, be-boppish tribute to a composer I now know better than ever.
The interpretations of the covers in this beautifully realized tribute album will bring back memories of the originals in a way that is enlivening rather than nostalgic.
Saxophonist Brian Landrus seems to know what he’s got in this magnificent trio: Fred Hersch on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Billy Hart on drums.
The Lynne Arriale trio offers the kind of mutual responsiveness that only the best small groups attain.
The songs by Milton Nascimento and Chico Buarque re-imagined on Rio Minas are not necessarily their best known, but all of the performances on this album eloquently testify to saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella’s love of Brazil and its people.
What strikes this listener most is the writing’s disjointedly distinctive — sometimes unfathomable — sounds and textures, as well as the music’s unpredictable flow.