Saxophonist Brian Patneaude has recorded as a sideman on many CDs. Distance is the second CD where he appears as a leader. Active in the Capital District of New York State, Patneaude performs, teaches and writes. He has written all of the compositions on this CD.
Starting off with "Change" (in bossa nova tempo), Patneaude states the melody, closely followed by a swinging guitar solo by George Muscatello. Patneaude romps through his sax solo and next in line is Ryan Lucas's solo on bass. Patneaude then reiterates the melody. "Release" is a piece with a long melodic line over rhythmic figures played by the bass and drums. Muscatello's flowing guitar solo is followed by Patneaude's sax solo which "talks to you." The next two tracks, "Inspiration" and "Alone," are ballads. "Inspiration" has a pretty melodic line and features a fender rhodes solo by Dave Payette as well as inventive, delicate drumwork by Danny Whelchel. Patneaude's sax intro on "Alone" fades into Lucas's guitar solo, after which Patneaude plays a sensitive sax solo appropriate for this mournful sounding piece. "Red" is fast-paced and features some frantic horn work and a quickly moving bass solo by Lucas. The title song "Distance" is a moody ballad with some delicate keyboard soloing by Dave Payette and a sultry sax solo by Patneaude. The last track is the longest. It runs a little over eleven minutes and is appropriately titled "Unending." It is an uptempo track and is nicely constructed with the use of a bass and drum riff that sets off each of the solos. Each member of the group has a chance to stretch out on their solos on this one. The track fades out with a repetitive riff on the saxophone.
This CD has some interesting moments and bears listening to more than once. The Brian Patneaude Quartet has a lot to say.