Steve Elmer: Fire Down Below


Fire Down Below


Steve Elmer (piano)


Fire Down Below

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Steve Elmer (piano),

Hide Tanaka (bass), Shingo Okudaira (drums)


Composed by Steve Elmer


Recorded: New York, March 17-18, 2008


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

On this second recorded outing for Steve Elmer's trio, the leader's composition "Fire Down Below" is an up-tempo romp. His impressively brisk runs give you the feeling you are scurrying up and down a flight of stairs perhaps to get more water. Elmer is quite at home with single-note demonstrations and chordal shading as well. Several times he duels with himself in solo calls and responses. Tanaka and Okudaira are no slouch of a rhythm section, either. At breakneck speeds, they control this firefighting emergency effort. Tanaka turns the nozzle to maximum pressure for his featured spot. Okudaira throws some more water into the cause with some heavy beats in between his perfectly paced cymbal work. This was either a big fire or the guys just can't put it out. Either way, the energy exerted and the tasteful skill with which it is harnessed makes for some fine music.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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