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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

CD Review: Fabrizio Sciacca Quartet - Gettin' It There

Jed Levy (tenor sax); Donald Vega (piano); Fabrizio Sciacca (bass); Billy Drummond (drums).
(Review by Lance).

I view bands led by bass players even more sceptically than those led by drummers and, it was with that prejudicial thought in mind that I wound up the Victrola (I'll have to get one of these newfangled Dansette things).

It seemed, after Fab's extended intro to Sam Jones' One For Amos, that I was right and that this album was going to be a bass player's dream and a nightmare for non aficionados of the lower frequencies. 

I was wrong! Sciacca is a fine bassist who doesn't hog the show. Instead he solos effectively and melodically and lays down a sound foundation for the soloists. Levy only appears on 3 tracks but his solos are outstanding, as are those of Vega, and I wanted him [Levy] on all tracks even if it meant cutting down of the bass solos. 

Sorry, forget I said that! It is the young Italian bassist's debut album as a leader and he is deserving of the exposure. Listen to A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - as lyrical as they come - I feel his  [Sciacca's] hero/idol/mentor Ron Carter would have been very proud. Vega too captures the bird. I wonder, did a nightingale ever sing in Berkeley Square?

Levy's Lonely Goddess features the saxist's emotive probing building up then gently releasing us.

One Second Please, an Elmo Hope composition, has Levy in overdrive, Vega doing everything and even more than Hope would have asked for. Drummond - drumming and driving - and the leader, no doubt smiling at how well the session turned out! 

I think he 'got it there'. Camparis all round!
Lance

One For Amos; Lullaby in Central Park; Zellmar's Delight (Sonny Clark); For Sir Ron; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Lonely Goddess; One Second Please.

Available on Sept. 1 via the usual suspects.

1 comment :

chbuech@gmx.de said...

Hi Lance, Jed Levy has done some outstanding productions for Steeple Chase. A feast for every sax-fan. Jed Levy is the Man!
Greetings Chris

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