Chase Baird - Crosscurrent (Junebeat Records, 2010) Crosscurrent by saxophonist Chase Baird is another solid mainstream jazz album, featuring expressive saxophone over mainly guitar, bass & drums with just a hint of subtle electronics for added texture. Baird is accompanied by Julian Pollack on piano and electric keyboards, John Storie on guitar, Christopher Tordini on bass, Steve Lyman on drums and James Yoshizawa on percussion. They work well as a unit, particularly at speed, on “Fifth Direction” and “Crosscurrent” where the band develops a complex rhythmic state and then navigates like a slalom skier, moving deftly through the music at will. “The Traveller” and Dusk” capture the band at slower tempos, attempting to work on texture and dynamics and weave them into the music they are creating. It’s a pretty impressive statement for a young musician just beginning his career, he has excellent command over his instrument and a lot of ideas that draw from a multitude of sources. Definitely a musician to keep an eye on. Crosscurrent - amazon.com
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