Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Carmen Intorre Jr. - For the Soul (Random Act Records, 2012)

Currently performing with the great jazz guitarist Pat Martino, drummer Carmen Intoree is a native of Buffalo, NY who went to school at the Institute for Jazz Studies at the Juilliard in new York City, before breaking out as a leader and a sideman. The group on this album features Intorre on drums and percussion, John Hart on guitar, Jon Irabagon on tenor and alto saxophones, and Pat Bianchi and Joey DeFrancesco on organ and keyboards. The band covers a wide range of musical material from the opening track, the funky "Too High" by Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan's "Josie" which features excellent some excellent guitar along with the jazz standard "Steps" by Chick Corea and the swirling jazz fusion of "Black Market" by Weather Report. The organ group format works really well, sort of updating the Blue Note organ groove of the 60's into a modern sounding platform. Irabagon, who is associated with more free playing groups like Mostly Other People Do the Killing and the Mary Halvorson Qunitet acquits himself very well here, his soloing is tart and forceful, while retaining a sense of soulfulness. This album is a nice mix of jazz and funk that carries the entire band through a thoughtful and compelling performances. For the Soul - Random Act Records

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