Rigby | Fresh Sound New Talent
September 1, 2006
On this aptly named album, Jason Rigby makes quite an impact. As a composer,
he brings in his several musical influences. As a musician, he shows exemplary
skill on the instruments he plays, including a wood flute that is used in
keeps his charts open to various styles. For the most part, he feeds his
band with the nucleus of an idea that they can flesh and bring to a resolution.
The initial notations open out and take several diversions that do not detract
from the whole. He gives notice of that right off when “Proximo”
gets into semblance through the woodwinds. It is at first a soft-toned piece,
floating gently in a new wave garb. Mike Holober gradually ups the tempo,
but then Rigby breaks loose on the tenor saxophone, cutting out from the
earlier pulse and letting structure countenance free blowing.
begins in modal form. But then Rigby casts that aside to get into constructed
swing, juxtaposing a wail against the grain to bring in a lively element
of surprise. His continues to spin adventurous ideas, stamping them and
drawing Holober, who comes up with his own lively inventions, into the well
of imagination. The Indian flute appears, appropriately enough, on “Mumbai”
(the city formerly known as Bombay). Rigby uses staccato phrasing before
settling down into the melody. The tune is in constant churn; Mark Ferber
adds to the atmosphere with sharp accents and a thumping bass on the drums.
Together they capture the bustling heat that is the lifestyle of Mumbai.
a debut like this, one can only look forward with eager anticipation to
Rigby’s next recording.
listing: Proximo; Turquoise Turkish; Southampton [uk]; Atmospheric; 114;
Backandforthedness; Green of Greens; Mumbai; Christopher.
Personnel: Jason Rigby: tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet,
wood flute; Mike Holober: piano, Rhodes electric piano; Cameron Brown: bass;
Mark Ferber: drums, cymbals; Rich Johnson: trumpet; Lauren Riley: cello;
Soo-Kyung Park: flute; Sam Sadigursky, Jason Gillenwater: clarinet.