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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Ian Wardenski Quintet featuring Tamara Tucker - Trust - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Trust, from Ian Wardenski Quintet and it's strong. Opening with Before Long, Ian Wardenski Quintet quickly establishes that they aren't to be taken lightly. Jerry Ascione on piano and Frank Russo on drums set up the format quickly joined by Mercedes Beckman on alto sax, Amy Shook on bass and Tamara Tucker on soprano vocal (as an instrument). Ian Wardenski steps up with his guitar presenting the first solo lead on guitar, followed Beckman on sax and Ascione on piano. Russo's rhythm is infectious giving the track a relentless groove. Exceptional opener. C Centric has a terrific feel, opened by Shook on bass and really featuring Russo on drums. Yes, Beckman steps up with a cool sax solo and Wardenski and Ascione solos as well with contributions by Tucker but I gotta tell you...it's all Russo on this track for me. Necessity Needs Another Mother has a more laid back feel with solid solo work by Shook, Ascione, Beckman and strong fluid lead work by Wardenski. Excellent track. The release wraps on a trilogy called Matching Energies Modulus I, II and III. These are not casual compositions clocking in at over 5, 8 and 4 minutes each and are well energized by the musicians. This release is challenging in a good way and well composed and executed. Great job!


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