Pete Zimmer: Judgment




Pete Zimmer (drums)


Judgment (Tippin' Records 1103)

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Pete Zimmer (drums), George Garzone (tenor sax),

Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Joel Frahm (tenor sax), Toru Dodo (piano), John Sullivan (bass)


Composed by Pete Zimmer


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, June 23 and July 1, 2006


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

George Garzone was Pete Zimmer's mentor while the latter studied at the New England Conservatory for two years, during which time he got to fill in on numerous occasions in Garzone's enduring Boston-based group, The Fringe. A few years later, Garzone returned the favor by participating in Zimmer's third recording session, Judgment, for Pete's own Tippin' label. The addition of Garzone's formidable tenor supercharged Zimmer's already dynamic hard-bop/post-bop quintet.

On the album's title track, Garzone and fellow tenorman Joel Frahm glide silkily through the harmonically appealing modal theme. Garzone builds a solo that employs subtle overtones at first, and more intense tonal distortions as he progresses, telling his story with a typically distinctive combination of logic and abandon. Frahm succeeds him in even more heated fashion, with extended lines that sometimes ascend from the lowest depths to the higher octaves, as well as adding stimulating call-&-response motifs along the way. Pianist Toru Dodo impresses with a sharply focused yet varied 2-handed attack. The two tenors then enter a series of exciting, mutually challenging exchanges, the rising young player Frahm more than holding his own with the intrepid veteran Garzone. This 10-minute track brings new delights each time you hear it.

Reviewer: Scott Albin


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