Bobby Streng Saxemble: Streng Theory
Bobby Streng Saxemble
Live at the Firefly
Bobby Streng (baritone sax),
Mark Kieme (soprano & alto saxes), Pat Seymour (alto sax), Michael Hiemstra, Dan Puccio (tenor saxes), Jonathan Ovalle (keyboards), Matt Henninger (bass), Nick Adams (drums).
Composed by Bobby Streng.
Recorded: live at the Firefly Club, Ann Arbor, MI, January 13, 2007
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
"Streng Theory," essentially an exuberant blues brought to life by Bobby Streng's high-powered group, takes one liberty with the "rules" governing more traditional horn bands: it uses dissonance. Yes, amidst the swaggering bounce, swing and staccato blasts (think Tower of Power), short interjections of horns behaving badly put what Frank Zappa liked to call "the eyebrows" on the music. The added bit of tension and humor ratchets up the fun by several notches.
Warning: May cause inappropriate dancing on living room furniture.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski
Tags: 2000s jazz