Bill Cantrall: Torrent




Bill Cantrall (trombone)


Axiom (Upswing Records UR-01)

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Bill Cantrall (trombone),

Ryan Kisor (trumpet), Sherman Irby (alto sax), Stacy Dillard (tenor sax), Rick Germanson (piano), Gerald Cannon (bass), Montez Coleman (drums)


Composed by Bill Cantrall


Recorded: New York, NY, January 3-4, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This composition illustrates just how much creative juice can be extracted from a simple set of chord changes. "Torrent" has its structure introduced by Gerald Cannon's bass, laying down a simple rising/falling motif. Like many famous modal pieces (thanks Miles & Mr. Coltrane), much of the power derives from how the musicians draw color and shape from the existing contours. After the horns play the head, saxophone, trombone and trumpet solos follow, each amping up the tension, egged on by Rick Germanson's terrific comping at the piano. Particularly effective is trumpeter Ryan Kisor, especially when the rhythm section temporarily changes up, dropping in a nice blues-walk segment. As Kisor's last notes fall away, Montez Coleman's drum break forces extra momentum onto the head's eventual restatement. Simple, but effective.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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