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Happy Hour by Matt Renzi

Last call for Happy Hour is followed by Matt Renzi's mood-evoking set, conjuring notions of a dimly lit barroom amid some joyous late-night impressionism and cogent theme-building exercises. Renzi's largely memorable compositions capture an atmosphere of a party that marches to the beat of a different drummer. With varying levels of intensity, the trio crafts an appealing sound design via interlocking movements and daintily constructed intricacies.

Renzi nestles comfortably within the trio format, witnessed by previous outings, other than his session duties for a consortium of iconic jazz performers. Here, Renzi generates linear unison choruses and excels via the interactive processes among bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Russ Meissner.

On "Cycloptical," the musicians attain a tight relationship, framed on Ambrosio's fluid notes to augment the buoyant flows. They execute a multidimensional fabric of textures by extending horizons, abetted by Renzi's cunning affinity for telling a vivid story with his horn. In assorted regions of sound, they alter the pace while pursuing shadowy vistas, yearning dialogues and a sanguine outlook.

Ambrosio and Meissner often throttle the current with supple movements and assist with spawning a sense of intrigue. The final piece "Noddle Town," features Renzi's sublime clarinet work, where he concludes the album with lucid imagery on a rather mellow note. Hence, the trio's artful approach to the progressive-jazz trio format, signifies one of many expressively designed factors heard throughout this inviting program.


Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Matt Renzi
  • CD Title: Happy Hour
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: Three P's Records
  • Musicians: Matt Renzi (saxophone, clarinet), Dave Ambrosio (bass), Russ Meissner (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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