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Saturday, July 25, 2015

CD Review: Nick Finzer - The Chase

Nick Finzer (tmb); Lucas Pino (ten/clt); Alex Wintz (gtr); Glenn Zaleski (pno); Dave Baron (bs); Jimmy MacBride (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A nice, easy contemporary album that doesn't seek to rewrite history nor to forecast the future. The rhythm section tells us we're firmly in the 21st century the horns, however, and to their credit, stick to the time honoured values so beloved of their predecessors. This is the perfect mix with Finzer taking the trombone up front rather than being in the, albeit boisterous, ingénue role it has often  been cast in the past.
And he's a worthy ambassador for the sliders; a rich tone, agility, some earthy plunger moments serve and the eleven compositions he composed and arranged for this enjoyable album serve
to rubber stamp Finzer's credentials.
Alongside, Pino is cucumber cool both on saxes and some explorative clarinet moments. Wintz, Zaleski, Baron and MacBride keep the boat afloat making this particular chase  a sextuple dead heat!
Listen/buy here.
Lance.

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