Musically the sound very much informed by the art of film. The title track "Humanity Part II" is a nice arrangement of two of Ennio Morricone's themes for the movie The Thing. Many of the Sabin compositions here take direct inspiration from movies that have made deep impressions on him. And the music subsequently has a evocative feel to it, a series of moods not unlike vignettes in a classic film.
But in the end this is jazz composition of a high sort, with some memorable long-formed themes and an excellent sense of group sound that shows Sabin's very sophisticated and uncanny orchestrational sense. He makes via his voicings this ten-member aggregate sound at times like a much larger band.
There are plenty of good soloists who come front and center in turn and the rhythm team of guitarist Lewis, bassist Sabin and drummer Noller make the music swing with a nice subtlety that sets up the horn scorings well.
It all shows Robert Sabin as a very talented musician, composer, player, leader, arranger. And it is a rewarding listen that may take a few times through to fully appreciate but grows on you the more you hear it. First rate modern ensemble jazz! Very recommended.
Post a Comment