CD Review: Andy Galore "Out and About"

Well-respected New York sideman Andy Galore (Al DiMeola, Buddy Miles) steps up with a superior solo debut rife with penetrating grooves, focused writing, astute covers, and premium performances from such big-city peers as Mike Stern, Oz Noy, Jim Beard, Jason Linder, Gregory Hutchinson, and Bob Franceschini.
By Chris Jisi ,

Well-respected New York sideman Andy Galore (Al DiMeola, Buddy Miles) steps up with a superior solo debut rife with penetrating grooves, focused writing, astute covers, and premium performances from such big-city peers as Mike Stern, Oz Noy, Jim Beard, Jason Linder, Gregory Hutchinson, and Bob Franceschini. “Fingerprints,” the 6/8 opener with Richard Bona on percussion, is thick with developing themes and polyrhythms, capped by Galore’s melodically centered solo. The unison bop head of “23rd St. Blues” further establishes his soloing prowess and deft walking skills. On the pocket side, “Freedom Jazz Dance,” fortified by Galore’s bass-heavy B section, takes a techno turn, thanks to Linder; Miles Davis’ short interlude from Decoy, “Robot 415,” gets a housed-up, full-track treatment; and the odd-time, octave-driven “Chicken & Scotch” revels in cool reggae. Perhaps most memorable is the atmospheric, muted bass-driven “Can You Undo This for Me?” Here’s hoping for more from Galore.