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Perpetual Motion
     

Perpetual Motion

by Dave Weckl Band
 
Even as the music industry has leaned more toward pigeonholing artists to fit them into simple categories, listeners are blessed to have a few visionaries who realize that the spirit of truly great music can't always be so tidy and contained. Weckl's fifth Stretch Records release lives up to the promise of its kinetic title, reflecting his

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Even as the music industry has leaned more toward pigeonholing artists to fit them into simple categories, listeners are blessed to have a few visionaries who realize that the spirit of truly great music can't always be so tidy and contained. Weckl's fifth Stretch Records release lives up to the promise of its kinetic title, reflecting his ensemble's powerful rhythmic energy and ongoing commitment to melodic invention and improvisational spontaneity. The whirlwind begins with his funky, aggressive drum intro on "Double Up," which leads to a bona fide live jam featuring Brandon Fields' fiery sax, Tom Kennedy's bass throb, Steve Weingart's lively keyboard riffs (including a Fender Rhodes section), and exciting brass flourishes. "Child's Play" shows some of the band's global-minded leanings, opening with a small kids choir and African chanting and delving into a mix of tight jazz fusion and jungly exotica. Weingart's "Mesmer-Eyes" has a similar tribal flavor, with synth vibes, sparse percussion, a moody bassline, and later, staccato sax bursts. The light, swinging, moody soul number "Skipper" is a true showcase for Fields' incomparable sax virtuosity, while also featuring some of Weckl's own wild hi-hat and drum fills. With its distinctive Japanese elements and cool ambience, Weingart's romantic and lyrical "Oasis" seems inspired by the group's various outings in the Far East.

Editorial Reviews

Jazz Times
Weckl powers his fine quartet through...intricate compositions that provide each member with ample opportunities to shine.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2002
Label:
Stretch Records
UPC:
0013431904021
catalogNumber:
9040
Rank:
66678

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Performance Credits

Dave Weckl Band   Primary Artist
Brandon Fields   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Hussain Jiffry   Vocals
Tom Kennedy   Bass,Electric Bass
Dave Weckl   Percussion,Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Sanjay Divecha   Vocals
Steve Weingart   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Pat Metheny   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Executive Producer
Dave Weckl   Producer,Engineer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Dennis Purcell   Art Direction

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