Half Notes: Dave Glasser – Evolution (2010)

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by Mark Saleski

Sax, piano, bass and drums — staples in the jazz world. Sometimes, that combination can be bland. If the players don’t add a little spice to the proceedings, you quickly realize that you’ve been here before. (“What? Intro-head-solos-head again?!”) Thankfully, Dave Glasser knows how to apply the leverage to that alto and his band knows how to react. The angular introduction to “Monk’s Blues” builds just the right amount of tension before the launch into a very swinging piece built on a series of widely-spaced intervals. It’s a nice tribute to Monk and a kindred spirit to their version of the man’s “Rhythm-A-Ning.”

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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