With his Bad Touch band, saxophonist Loren Stillman purveys polytonal attributes, and largely dappled with textural mechanisms, for what equates to a cohesive and democratic vibe, where all musicians perform on a like-minded plane. Stillman’s increasing significance within jazz circles is evident via his solo outings and in-demand session status, paralleling his band-mates’ firmly-rooted prominence as well.
Organist Gary Versace’s silvery notes help cast a radiant outlook to the band’s densely enacted mode of operations, devised on climactically designed theme-building forays and quirky deviations. Stillman and guitarist Nate Radley provide edgy soloing and multihued treatments. However, one of the relished delights, pertain to the unit’s articulate phrasings, abetted by swirling choruses and a potpourri of wide-ranging metrics. For instance, the soloists’ quietly soar and render a moody vibe, coupled with a fractured jazz waltz atop asymmetrical pulses on "With You," as Stillman proceeds to deconstruct the melody line.
The artists continually push and prod each other’s viewpoints to form a bustling band sound, that is partially built on their deliberate manner of gaining intensity as a given work develops. Yet it’s a balanced attack, framed with assertive and introspective interplay as they dig deep and seamlessly soar heavenward. Hence, Stillman produces an artistic musical statement, enamored by the ensemble’s uncanny ability to fuse eloquence with spiraling storylines. It’s all supercharged with the musicians’ impressive chops to complement their synergistic group-focused interactions.