NAT JANOFF, COME TOGETHER MOVE APART

When Nat Janoff solos on his guitar his eyes close and he gets a beatific smile on his face as his playing expands in pleasing directions, his mind and fingers creating compelling moments that clarify his gleaming originals. The music on “CTMA” is revelatory for the quality of Janoff’s group sound and it’s worth repeat visits. Grab it for Janoff’s cleanly composed tunes built upon solid melodies and rhythmic structures (“Mood”) and for his trio, where bassist Francois Moutin rocks his upright bass and coaxes fleet solos with amazing dexterity (“Sunday Morning”) and drummer Chris Carroll who reigns supreme with serrated time signatures and smooth propulsion (Shorter Times.”) Get it to hear pianist John Escreet juice Janoff’s date with stellar comping and kinetic solos that flatter the guitarist’s tracks with choice phrasing. Escreet plays off Janoff’s riffs, blending traditional runs with his own edgy improvisation (“Mood”) or cementing a groove (“Partly Cloudy”), something that’s especially affecting when the band blends both on the FX-dusted cool of “Transit.” It’s baffling that it wasn’t picked up by one of the many boutique jazz labels for proper distribution but “Come Together Move Apart” is easily accessible through Janoff’s website and internet outlets. (www.natjanoff.com) (9 tracks; 54:36 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: NAT JANOFF, COME TOGETHER MOVE APART

Friday, February 24, 2012

NAT JANOFF, COME TOGETHER MOVE APART

When Nat Janoff solos on his guitar his eyes close and he gets a beatific smile on his face as his playing expands in pleasing directions, his mind and fingers creating compelling moments that clarify his gleaming originals. The music on “CTMA” is revelatory for the quality of Janoff’s group sound and it’s worth repeat visits. Grab it for Janoff’s cleanly composed tunes built upon solid melodies and rhythmic structures (“Mood”) and for his trio, where bassist Francois Moutin rocks his upright bass and coaxes fleet solos with amazing dexterity (“Sunday Morning”) and drummer Chris Carroll who reigns supreme with serrated time signatures and smooth propulsion (Shorter Times.”) Get it to hear pianist John Escreet juice Janoff’s date with stellar comping and kinetic solos that flatter the guitarist’s tracks with choice phrasing. Escreet plays off Janoff’s riffs, blending traditional runs with his own edgy improvisation (“Mood”) or cementing a groove (“Partly Cloudy”), something that’s especially affecting when the band blends both on the FX-dusted cool of “Transit.” It’s baffling that it wasn’t picked up by one of the many boutique jazz labels for proper distribution but “Come Together Move Apart” is easily accessible through Janoff’s website and internet outlets. (www.natjanoff.com) (9 tracks; 54:36 minutes)

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