Jason Seizer: All the Things You Are
All the Things You Are
Jason Seizer (tenor sax)
Time Being (Pirouet)
Matthias Pichler (bass), Tony Martucci (drums).
Composed by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein III.
Recorded: Munich, Germany, August 20-21, 2006
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
No need to ask who German tenor player Jason Seizer was influenced by: Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh are the obvious answers (probably through Mark Turner, by the way). Here Seizer not only tackles "All the Tings," a frequent warhorse of Tristano alumni, but does so without quoting the written melody until the last few seconds of the track – another a trademark of cool school musicians for whom paraphrasing standards and carving countermelodies to their themes was a daily exercise in creativity. How does that way of playing work with this basically unknown German musician? On the one hand, it is quite refreshing compared to all the post-bop addicts roaming the international jazz scene. On the other hand, Seizer's sound and phrasing are not distinctive enough yet, and his efforts might not sound quite as interesting without Marc Copland's challenging chordal support. So we have a personality worth taking account of but that needs competition and a stimulating surrounding on a regular basis to better develop its budding potential.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num