Rigby | Fresh Sound New Talent
August 2, 2006
New York musician Jason Rigby has previous experience working with the Village
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Aretha Franklin's
Band at Radio City Music Hall. He trained at Youngstown State University
in Ohio, DePaul University in Chicago and at the Manhattan School of Music.
While still in Cleveland, he performed regularly with organist Dan Wall
and tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda, and at the Manhattan School of Music
he played with Dick Oatts, Mike Abene and Rich Perry. He was awarded Down
Beat magazine's Best College Jazz Instrumentalist in 1999.
this debut recording, Jason Rigby explores his own compositions in a style
that covers several sub-genres of jazz over the latter half of the 20th
Century. Rigby is heard to good effect on alto, soprano and tenor sax, as
well as bass clarinet and wood flute. He is accompanied by his working quartet
of keyboardist Mike Holober, bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Mark Ferber.
In addition, he is joined by several guests: trumpeter Rich Johnson, cellist
Lauren Riley, flautist Soo-Kyong Park, and clarinettists Sam Sadigursky
and Jason Gillenwater.
makes it clear that this album is not intended to be singleminded blowing
session. The opening track, “Proximo,” finds the saxophonist
playing with the intensity of an early-'60s John Coltrane. In contrast,
“Turquoise Turkish” has more than a passing resemblence to early-'60s
Ornette Coleman, with a much accelerated tempo and more than an occasional
flash of free jazz playing. Rigby picks up the soprano sax on ”Southhampton
(UK),” with an attractive delivery. On the attractive, aptly named
ballad “Atmospheric,” he's back on tenor sax with a straightahead
sound. On the above opening selections, Holober plays Rhodes electric piano.
saxophonist slips into an outside jazz mode on both “114” and
”Backandforthedness,” emulating late Coltrane, and working alongside
trumpeter Rich Johnson. Holober uses the opportunity to go to acoustic piano,
providing a driving, effective solo. On the following “Green of Greens,”
Rigby makes a melodic soprano sax statement and solo; he is featured on
Indian bamboo flute on “Mumbai.”