Andy Scherrer: Karma
Andy Scherrer (tenor sax)
Wrong Is Right (TCB 2830)
Andy Scherrer (tenor sax),
Domenic Landolf, Jürg Bucher (tenor saxes, bass clarinets), Bill Carrothers (piano), Fabian Gisler (bass), Dré Pallemaerts (drums).
Composed by Dré Pallemaerts.
Recorded: Zürich, Switzerland, March 27-28, 2007
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
An impressionistic, Bill Evans-kind of chord progression, with a chorus that placidly ascends to the clouds, "Karma" is a fragile piece of musical poetry set to 3/4 time. If that's all there were to Dré Pallemaerts's fine ballad, it would still merit mention, but Andy Scherrer's estimable ensemble propels the performance to a level of excellence.
Scherrer seem less concerned with notes and scales than with applying meaningful shapes to his tenor solo: searching, yearning and emoting his way through an ethereal showing. Carrothers and Gisler follow Scherrer's lead and also provide unhurried, soulful notes. Gisler's bass in particular sings seemingly on intuition alone.
"Karma" means destiny or fate. As interpreted by Andy Scherrer and his cohorts, it also means sublime, heartfelt post-bop.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron
Tags: 2000s jazz