Aaron Irwin: Little Hurts
Aaron Irwin (alto sax)
Blood and Thunder (Fresh Sound Records FSNT - 320)
Chris Cheek (tenor sax), Eliza Cho (violin), Matt Clohesy (bass), Ferenc Nemeth (drums).
Composed by Aaron Irwin.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, February 11 and 13, 2008
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Aaron Irwin may be running the show here, but guitarist Ben Monder is the secret weapon. Monder sets up a moody undercurrent with some swampy and reverb-laden arpeggios over which Irwin and Chris Cheek develop, in unison, the rising theme. When the horns split apart mid-song, taking simultaneous solos, "Little Hurts" steps above the expected head/solos format.
Ah, but it's Monder who holds the trump card, busting out an absolutely volcanic guitar solo that might be labeled "fusion" if it weren't for the decidedly non-fusion context. Don't let the "F-word" dissuade you, as this is a load of fun.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski
Tags: 2000s jazz