MATTHEW RYBICKI, DRIVEN

I’m not sure what strings bassist Matthew Rybicki had to pull to get his first album made, but “Driven” is a rare bird – a memorable, sharply attenuated date with a steady momentum and standout solos. His collaborators include drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. and trombonist Michael Dease (the album’s co-producers), saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and the hotshot twenty-something, Gerald Clayton, a pianist who plays with grandeur and a deft touch that belies his age. Happily unpredictable, the band rips it up on boppish originals (“The Slow Stride,” “Seventh Sign” and “Mean Lean”) that comb through styles associated with Oscar Peterson, Ellington and a former teacher, Wynton Marsalis. It’s not easy to tread on Sonny Rollins’ turf, but the band takes what’s theirs on the languid calypso, “Yellow Bird.” Tight, swinging and breezily melodic, “Driven” is a winsome debut. Find it at www.matthewrybickimusic.com. (11 tracks; 67:05 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MATTHEW RYBICKI, DRIVEN

Saturday, January 29, 2011

MATTHEW RYBICKI, DRIVEN

I’m not sure what strings bassist Matthew Rybicki had to pull to get his first album made, but “Driven” is a rare bird – a memorable, sharply attenuated date with a steady momentum and standout solos. His collaborators include drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. and trombonist Michael Dease (the album’s co-producers), saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and the hotshot twenty-something, Gerald Clayton, a pianist who plays with grandeur and a deft touch that belies his age. Happily unpredictable, the band rips it up on boppish originals (“The Slow Stride,” “Seventh Sign” and “Mean Lean”) that comb through styles associated with Oscar Peterson, Ellington and a former teacher, Wynton Marsalis. It’s not easy to tread on Sonny Rollins’ turf, but the band takes what’s theirs on the languid calypso, “Yellow Bird.” Tight, swinging and breezily melodic, “Driven” is a winsome debut. Find it at www.matthewrybickimusic.com. (11 tracks; 67:05 minutes)

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