Todd Coolman: Connotation




Todd Coolman (bass)


Perfect Strangers (ArtistShare 0084)

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Todd Coolman (bass), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Jim McNeely (piano),

John Riley (drums)


Composed by Dana Malseptic


Recorded: River Edge, NJ, June 16, 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Now here's an interesting use of the Internet. Todd Coolman set up a web site so that unknown composers perfect strangers were able to submit their ideas for interpretation by his band. The results, judging by "Connotation," do not disappoint. The long series of shifting chords and accompanying angular melody that open the piece provide an irresistible harmonic bed for the solos to follow. As leader Coolman swings with abandon, pianist Jim McNeely blisters his way through several choruses. Clearly both saxophonist Alexander and trumpeter Lynch are inspired by this, as they just burn in their own spots. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that the composer in this case, Dana Malseptic, is only 17 years old. Wow! When I was 17, I was reading old copies of Rolling Stone 12 hours a day. Don't worry, my new composition will be coming out any day now. Right....

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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