Brian Woodruff: Chorale




Brian Woodruff (drums)


The Tarrier (Crows' Kin Records)

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Brian Woodruff (drums), Lisa Parrott (alto sax), Jacob Varmus (cornet), Alan Ferber (trombone), Nate Radley (guitar), Matt Clohesy (bass).

Composed by Brian Woodruff


Recorded: Park West Studios, Brooklyn, New York, February 8 and 9, 2007


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Drummer/composer Brian Woodruff has written a beautiful piece here that seems like it could have been written in an earlier lifetime. The main theme has a striking & spare introduction via the Jacob Varmus' cornet and the simple bass lines of Matt Clohesy. Woodruff adds another layer by then bringing in trombone. This duet lineup absolutely shines. Ah, but then we take a slight detour into jazzland as Woodruff begins to paint out the rhythm on his kit as guitarist Nate Radley takes an expansive solo. The horns, now aided by Lisa Parrott's alto, come in on the next chorus. It's an emotional moment, one that's repeated with even more intensity at the end when it's the horns that are left alone to make the final statement. Somehow, 'beautiful' doesn't quite describe it.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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