Recommended: Rocco John Quartet – “Embrace the Change”
There’s an appealing looseness to this session from saxophonist Rocco John Iacovone, guitarist Rich Rosenthal, double bassist Francois Grillot and drummer Tom Cabrera. Of particular interest is the way the guitar darts between the slowly drawled saxophone lines… which becomes more compelling when bass and drums send out bursts of rhythm that frame the sense of motion within. Some tracks, like opener “Wings,” attain a head of steam and don’t relent, but then there’s tracks like “Escape,” where the quartet uses a casual tempo as the foundation on which to let loose with hyperactive solos. This isn’t pretty music. Embrace the Change is rough around the edges and everything about the delivery gives the impression that it’s not just intentional, but celebrated. And it probably should be, because that decision gives the music its character. Good stuff, and from a label (Unseen Rain) that keeps coming up with little gems.
Your album personnel: Rocco John Iacovone (alto & soprano saxes), Rich Rosenthal (guitar), Francois Grillot (double bass) and Tom Cabrera (drums).
Released on Unseen Rain Records.
Jazz from NYC.
10.99 – High Definition 24/96 FLAC