Ken Serio: Big Blue Cars
Big Blue Cars
Ken Serio (drums, percussion)
Live …In the Moment (Tripping Tree 71562)
Recorded: Live at Trumpets, Montclair, N.J. June 21, 2007
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Relatively under-the-radar drummer Ken Serio has brought together a “kick-ass” band for this live performance at Trumpets Jazz club in Montclair, New Jersey. Trumpets patrons must've been delightfully surprised to find four such high-caliber musicians producing an energetically charged evening of musical camaraderie. In this representative cut, the band begins with a wave-like introduction by a driving Serio, matched by a furiously paced run of descending basslines from the masterful Mark Egan, evoking late-'60s surf songs -- but on high octane. Scorching guitar licks by the inventively synthesized Peter McCann yield to a tasteful response from the elder statesman of the group, guitar aficionado Vic Juris. It's a classic guitar shootout. The performance is given dramatic continuity by the ever-probing Egan, whose Jaco influence is unmistakable. In my mind he is the standout on this date. After soaring to a fusion-like frenzy, the group glides in for a gently satisfying landing. Overall, Ken Serio has captured a ton of music in the blues/fusion genre made by musicians having fun playing together. This is certainly worth a listen.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello