Jeff Albert: I Was Just Looking For My Pants


I Was Just Looking For My Pants


Jeff Albert (trombone)


Similar in the Opposite Way (Fora Sound Fora - 0801)

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Jeff Albert (trombone), Dave Cappello (drums), Ray Moore (alto sax), Tommy Sciple (bass).

Composed by Jeff Albert


Recorded: Sound Landing Studio, Covington, Louisiana, August 13, 2008


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

First of all, I have to admit that the title sucked me in. C'mon, humor does belong in music and you know it! Of course, selecting a song based on its title is only slightly less dangerous than purchasing an album based on a sexy cover shot (coming in a distant third are movie rentals induced by the existence of the word 'erotic' in the review blurb).

The good news here is that there's a payoff. Jeff Albert has a great sense of humor that this thought-provoking, Braxton-esque track is laced with. Albert and saxophonist Ray Moore kick things off with a series of staccato notes that almost seem like they're ignoring each other, except for that looking over the shoulder thing. Without warning, the full band jumps in and swings like crazy. But hey, don't get too comfortable, as the swing vaporizes and is replaced by several interconnected rubato passages. The tension is delicious because you just never know when the crazy staccato/swing thing is going to pop back up. Both Tommy Sciple and Dave Cappello do a great job of adding to the horn cacophony with their extended techniques.

Though I can't imagine Anthony Braxton using the word “pants” in a composition's title (maybe a pictogram?), I can certainly hear the musical parallel here.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


  • 1 El Bicho // Apr 02, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    The title seems better suited for a blues number when the back door man doesn't quite make it out the back door. I'm off to see if I can find a sample of this.