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Jonathan Kreisberg, Wave Upon Wave (New For Now Records)
CD Reviews: November 27, 2014

11/27/14



Jonathan Kreisberg, Wave Upon Wave (New For Now Records)

Cozy little LP from the jazz leader and his four usual cohorts, who provide piano, sax and rhythm section to Kreisberg’s busy but low-key guitar. Introspection may be at the core of the sound, but it’s quite lively if you twist the volume up a little, such as on the 9/11-inspired “From the Ashes,” which involves sax player Will Vinson and pianist Kevin Hays stretching out for extended runs in a piece that, appropriately, sounds like a faraway cacophony, or maybe its echoes. All the tunes are Kreisberg’s own, except for a floaty “Stella by Starlight” and a sparsely filled version of Horace Silver’s “Peace,” both of which match the agreeably soporific tone of the whole, save for a hidden track comprised of backward-masked doodling that finds Vinson floundering a bit. But that’s the only gimmick to find; there’s very little distraction from their focus, which is pure, colorful melody. A Eric W. Saeger





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