Thursday, April 7, 2016
Rich Brown, Abeng
This is a very worthwhile set of Afro-Fusion Jazz, with Rich Brown playing a key role as a virtuoso of the electric bass and as composer of the music heard here. He is joined by Luis Denz on alto and Larnell Lewis on drums, plus a shifting gathering of Chris Donnelly or Robi Botos on piano, Kevin Turcotte, trumpet, Kelly Jefferson, tenor, and Rosendo Chendy Leon on percussion.
The music has memorable compositions, a good deal of space for Rich's eloquent bass playing both in ensemble and as soloist, as melodist and riff master, and a very solid, tight and proficient group of sidemen that establish moving fusion grooves and lyrical suspensions as called for, improvise nicely, and realize Rich Brown's objectives fully.
Rich Brown is a bassist of stature. The album is filled with worthwhile contemporary music. You should check it out!