It's difficult not to pay immediate attention to Michael Davidson's vibraphone's on the new album from bassist Daniel Fortin, Brinks. The tone is so clear, so complimentary, so constructive. It's a tone that fits perfectly alongside David French's tenor saxophone and Fabio Ragnelli's drums. It's a tone that fits well because Fortin's compositions throughout the album are sharp, clever, have depth, take journeys, yet never veer so far into uncomfortable territory. Yes, in his debut album as a leader, Daniel Fortin has made a quite good collection of songs with this quartet in Brinks.
We at Nextbop have made our love of drummer Makaya McCraven known quite frequently. His brilliance is as equally high as a performer as it is as a composer. This is certainly clear in this video of McCraven alongside guitarist Matt Gold, saxophonist Greg Ward (who was also among the very cool people I met a few months ago with JazzReach along with Wayne Escoffery, Glenn Zaleski, and Alex Claffy), and bassist Junius Paul at Chicago's Constellation performing the song "This Place, That Place". Check it out after the jump.
There's so much new music in this hour, new music that has been anticipated or sudden surprises or finally released, that fills this hour. I was particularly pleased with how this week's show turned out. I mean-- Stretch Music, y'all.
The Line-Up for 21 August 2015