Trombonist Jeb Bishop and trombonist/tuba-man Jeff Albert co-lead this New Orleans-Chicago-based ensemble in a set of originals and they grab you right away; they don't let go until the CD ends. The originals are interesting, the ensemble plays loose or very tight depending on the needs of the moment and the solos are inspired. No one is slacking on this one! The trombone solos are surely some of the best on disk this year. You may already know Jeb Bishop's work with Vandermark, Brotzmann, etc. The presence of Albert brings out the best in them both. The ensemble plays a raucous, yet controlled form of Jazz that has some of the joy of old New Orleans style yet is thoroughly Post-Bop in its inflections. Perhaps the instrumentation has some bearing on it all, but they do at times resonate with those classic mid-sixties ensembles with Dolphy, Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, et al., only there is no imitation here. The opening piece, "Stitch," is a microcosm of all that is strong in this band. swinging ensemble, an interesting head, a dynamic rhythm section that builds intensity in response to the heat of some great solos, Adasiewicz's hipply comping vibes, and the overall shifts in texture and ambiance that come in part out of skillful ensemble arranging throughout. Bishop's title track "Farragut" is another highlight. It begins in a funky 12/4 with an inticate riff line and layers with a longer line on top of that. Jackson's tenor solo plows through all obstacles while the rhythm section churns and there develops a riff that gives the whole proceedings a two against three polyrhythmic feel. There are some amazing collective improv moments here (and elsewhere) that must be heard to be believed. This is modern ensemble jazz of the highest caliber. Grab this one!
-Grego Applegate Edwards
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