Jason Rigby: The Archer
Jason Rigby (tenor & soprano saxes, flute)
The Sage (Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 328)
Jason Rigby (tenor & soprano saxes, flute),
Russ Johnson (trumpet), Mike Holober (Rhodes), Cameron Brown (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums).
Composed by Jason Rigby.
Recorded: New York, March 12, 2008
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Every time I hear music like this, I remind myself that there was a contingent of listeners who hated Miles's electric period. It seems so weird to me, considering how that stuff was all about the funk. What about Sly and Parliament? I mean, it was OK for them but not for Miles? Geez … whatever!
I bring this up because on "The Archer," the groove burns so hot that I worry they'll hurt somebody in a live setting someday (including themselves). Seriously, the rhythm section absolutely smokes, as does Rigby – partly when he takes his own inspiring solo but especially when he pulls out those sly Ornette-isms with trumpeter Russ Johnson. Drawing a parallel back to the Miles/fusion thing (like an archer draws his bow), it still amazes me that the genre was rejected.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski
Tags: 2000s jazz