Rinsethealgorithm: Urban Nocturnal
Rich Brown (electric bass),
Luis Deniz (alto sax), David Virelles (piano, synthesizer), Larnell Lewis (drums).
Composed by Rich Brown.
Recorded: Toronto, Canada, date unknown; released August 2008
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Rinsethealgorithm was a 2007 and 2008 Canadian National Jazz Award nominee for Electric Group of the Year. The group is led by Toronto-based electric bassist Rich Brown, a self-taught player influenced by the likes of Jaco Pastorius, Victor Bailey, Jimmy Haslip, and Alain Caron, and who's also an admirer of Marcus Miller and Matthew Garrison. In other words, Brown's a power player with formidable chops. However, he is also a thoughtful and imaginative composer.
Brown describes his tune "Urban Nocturnal" as having been inspired by "a great view of Toronto's city skyline as you drive west on Lakeshore Blvd. approaching the CN Tower." Based on his evocative "aural postcard," it must be quite a view indeed. Beginning with ethereal synth washes, Lewis's sparse drum cadence, and Virelles's reflective piano musings, a tantalizing mood is quickly and adroitly established. Deniz's sweet alto plays the lyrical theme over Brown's richly intoned basslines. The bridge is perkily infectious in contrast, and breezily rendered by Deniz. A calming lull ensues just before Deniz launches an expressive solo, his crisp lines both beseeching and exultant, his technical facility impressive. Deniz is a player to seek out. After the altoist revives the melody, Virelles's swirling piano improv follows, pleasingly framed by the unison vamping of Deniz and Brown. The group's closing tranquil interlude is a fitting end to a distinguished track.
Reviewer: Scott Albin
Tags: 2000s jazz