FRESH SOUND NEW TALENT 254.
/ Turquoise Turkish / Southampton (UK) / Atmospheric / 114 / Backandforthedness
/ Green of Greens / Mumbai / Christopher. 58:35.
Rigby, ts, ss, as, b cl, wood flt; Mike Holober, p, Fender
Rhodes; Cameron Brown, b; Mark Ferber, d, cymbals; Rich Johnson, tpt;
Lauren Riley, cel; Soo-Kyung Park, flt; Sam Sadigursky, cl; Jason Gillenwater,
cl. June 1, 2005, New York City, NY.
Sound just keeps on finding surprising new talent and giving it the opportunity
to shine, and they've done it again here. (2) announces
saxophonist Jason Rigby as a young cat to watch. He leads a nonet here
and provides all the compositions as well. The written wind arrangements
with cello as an alternate horn are solid and interesting, based usually
on a simple melody line that provides ample room for some of Rigby's fine
improvisations, primarily on tenor sax and bass clarinet. All of this
is anchored by the great Cameron Brown on bass, who gets a nice solo feature
opening "Atmospheric." Rigby is most persuasive on tenor, though
he takes on a wood flute for "Mumbai" to add an exotic edge.
About the only complaint with (2) is that Jason Rigby is still working
his way out of the influence of Coltrane. But when he does find his own
voice, and I don't think it will be long, he is going to have a lot to
say. Buy this one so you can say you were listening to him "back
in the day."