On his second studio effort, Roman bassist Lorenzo Feliciati once again shows his mastery of sound-mural creation via loops, effects, and such like-minded exploratory musicians as drummer Pat Mastelotto, keyboardist Roy Powell, and horn guests Bob Mintzer and Cuong Vu. Among the soaring sonic scenes are Mintzer’s “outside” tenor cutting through the post-nuke haze of “The Fastswing Park Rules,” Feliciati’s funky upright and DJ Skizo’s turntables casting “The White Shadow,” and Feliciati’s fingerbusting 16ths greasing “Groove First” and the Indian-spiced “Thela Hun Ginjeet,” on fretted and fretless respectively.
Brian Bromberg: It Is What It Is [Mack Avenue-Artistry Music]
Never one to shun the smooth jazz specter, it seems only fitting that Brian Bromberg jumpstarts the sagging idiom with his vibrant latest effort. Punctuated by a 5- piece horn section and all-star guest list throughout, the 13-track disc gets down to business with the hard-swinging big band title track opener. From there come feel-good covers of “Love Shack” and “Sanford and Son Theme,” fretless poise on “Heaven,” and Marcus-nodding thumb on “Elephants on Skates” and “Mr. Miller.” For full sonic contrast, dig the resonant solo tenor bass ballad “Mirror” and the disc-closing “Slap Happy,” with Brian in shredder mode on overdriven piccolo bass.