RYAN KEBERLE - HEAVY DREAMING

On his second solo disc, trombonist Ryan Keberle confidently blows hot and cool on a finely calibrated set of originals, once again convening his eponymously named Double Quartet, anchored by pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Eric Doob. Kerberle’s originals are earthy and blossom with improvisational ingenuity thanks to the harmonic backdrop from a supporting quartet of horns that illuminates Keberle’s sweet, soulful tone. The loping gait that nudges “One Thought At A Time” along is artfully rendered with modernistic percussion and a punchy arrangement. Another good track, “The Slope Of The Blues” may echo Ellington but Keberle fashions a simmering groove for an expansive tune that lets his band strut and preen. Ellington’s own “I Like The Sunrise” is a fine blues where the bass and drums set the tune’s pace and Kimbrough is afforded plenty of solo space – the pianist is without a doubt the record’s MVP. Best of all is George Gershwin’s “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” a disarming rendition with shifting time signatures, a few grace notes and plenty of full bore swing.  www.ryankeberle.com

      

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JAZZ IN SPACE: RYAN KEBERLE - HEAVY DREAMING

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RYAN KEBERLE - HEAVY DREAMING

On his second solo disc, trombonist Ryan Keberle confidently blows hot and cool on a finely calibrated set of originals, once again convening his eponymously named Double Quartet, anchored by pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Eric Doob. Kerberle’s originals are earthy and blossom with improvisational ingenuity thanks to the harmonic backdrop from a supporting quartet of horns that illuminates Keberle’s sweet, soulful tone. The loping gait that nudges “One Thought At A Time” along is artfully rendered with modernistic percussion and a punchy arrangement. Another good track, “The Slope Of The Blues” may echo Ellington but Keberle fashions a simmering groove for an expansive tune that lets his band strut and preen. Ellington’s own “I Like The Sunrise” is a fine blues where the bass and drums set the tune’s pace and Kimbrough is afforded plenty of solo space – the pianist is without a doubt the record’s MVP. Best of all is George Gershwin’s “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” a disarming rendition with shifting time signatures, a few grace notes and plenty of full bore swing.  www.ryankeberle.com

      

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