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Showing posts with label Shifting Paradigm Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shifting Paradigm Records. Show all posts

Monday, April 1, 2024

Shifting Paradigm Records artist: Chris Rottmayer - Being - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Being, from Chris Rottmayer, and it's a cool set of modern jazz. Opening with On The Street Where Woody Lives, Chris Rottmayer on piano paired with Matt Endres on drums and Rufus Reid really set a nice atmosphere. Russ Johnson on trumpet takes the first leg and really sets a nice stage on trumpet followed by Rottmayer who stretches nicely on piano. Strong opener. Pigalle has a quiet nature with a warm bass line by Reid and ethereal trumpet work by Johnson, floating on the piano weave created by Rottmayer. Reid stretches on bass, really setting down a warm melody with only a light structure of piano and drums. Rottmayer elaborates on the structure set by Reid, creating a very nice overall atmosphere. Song of Modes in 3, has a nice flow and with a tight bottom by Endres and Reid. Johnson on trumpet sets the melodic structure which is really nice and Rottmayer on piano takes it for a really nice run on piano. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Rue des Lombards with it's driving bass line and Johnson laying down some great bop melody. Rottmayer really takes this track for a ride with excellent piano improv, and Endres kicks in a tight drums solo of his own making this my favorite track on the release and an excellent closer. 

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