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Round Bout Now by George Schuller

Drummer George Schuller is a significant member of today’s progressive jazz scene. Whether performing as a sideman or leading his own projects, Schuller’s pen represents a potent and forward thinking mindset, as he usually surrounds himself with his peers, witnessed here. During the preponderance of this quintet setting, along with special guests, Schuller’s muse is founded upon various ways of spinning a theme, via improvisation and song structure. The drummer and his musical associates often focus on interleaving dialogues in concert with ascending themes and freeform diversions. No doubt, Schuller is a musical drummer. Essentially, he uses the kit as a vehicle for tonalities and accents, while concurrently keeping time of course. The band affords itself plenty of breathing room. On "Vat 19," tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin extrapolates on an edgy bop motif via a meticulously devised solo, where ideas are presented in animated fashion, amid a sense of fluidity.

Trumpeter/flugelhornist Ingrid Jensen, vibist Tom Beckham sometimes offer a perimeter for a featured soloist while subsequently raising the pitch and momentum on pieces such as "Quiet Ruckus." Nonetheless, the musicians explore grooving,’ jazz-funk vamps while also covering three Miles Davis compositions within this motivating and undeniably focused program. (Recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: George Schuller
  • CD Title: Round Bout Now
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Playscape Recordings
  • Musicians: George Schuller (drums, cymbals, bells and things you shale), Donny McCaslin (tenor sax & alto flute), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet & flugelhorn), Tom Beckham (vibes), Dave Ambrosio (bass), with special guests (selected tracks): Pete McCann (guitar), Matt Darriau (kaval & bass clarinet), Sonny Barbado (accordion)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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