In Metropolitan Motion

In Metropolitan Motion

by Ben Waltzer
     
 

For his third CD, pianist Waltzer continues to expand his compositional horizons as well as stylistic nuance. Tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry is back for a few cuts, while bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver hold down the rhythmic fortSee more details below

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For his third CD, pianist Waltzer continues to expand his compositional horizons as well as stylistic nuance. Tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry is back for a few cuts, while bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver hold down the rhythmic fort nicely, and hand percussionist Mohammed Naseehu Ali adds neat ethnic inflections here and there. With McHenry, the band specializes in post-bop similar to Wayne Shorter's "Orbits" on "Crooked Timber," uses ticktock beats with Ali's flavorings and tenor/piano stair-step unison lines for "Bass Line," while McHenry cops a Joe Henderson-ish attitude on the loping 4/4 swing "Port Royal." Waltzer adops McCoy Tyner's stance on the outstanding 6/8 modal swing of "The Blonde Bedouin," cops Ahmad Jamal's delicacy for the stealth jungle stalk to light swing à la "Midnight Sun" of "Arbella," and uses choppy Monk-ish piano chords in the 7/8 light funk "Sooky-Sooky Now." Free and loose rhythms inform "El Abandono" and the spirit ballad "Prelude #4," and there's a darker, neat waltz from Waltzer on "Layla's Dream," while hand percussion is most prevalent in the Native American-shaded mystery piano of "Par(Nas)se" or 6/8 workouts "Kira Da Anshi I/II." Spatial piano and bass on "La Ville Tentaculaire" and darker or lighter "Ruminations" crop up on three occasions as interludes. Waltzer continues to develop his individualists voice while asserting himself as a broad-minded mainstream to progressivist. His star is on the rise, and this recording is easily recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
New Talent Spain
UPC:
8427328420822
catalogNumber:
82

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Tracks

  1. El Abandono  - Ben Waltzer
  2. Crooked Timber  - Ben Waltzer
  3. La Ville Tentaculaire  - Ben Waltzer
  4. Par(Nas)se  - Ben Waltzer
  5. Rumination, Prenzlauerberg  - Ben Waltzer
  6. Kira Da Anshi  - Ben Waltzer
  7. Arbella  - Ben Waltzer
  8. Bass Line  - Ben Waltzer
  9. The Blonde Bedouin  - Ben Waltzer
  10. Rumination, Orianenburg Str.  - Ben Waltzer
  11. Kira Da Anshi  - Ben Waltzer
  12. Sooky-Sooky Now  - Ben Waltzer
  13. Prelude #4  - Ben Waltzer
  14. Layla's Dream  - Ben Waltzer
  15. Port Royal  - Ben Waltzer
  16. Rumination, Dasein Blues  - Ben Waltzer
  17. [Untitled]  - Ben Waltzer

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