Bobby Selvaggio: Whirlwind




Bobby Selvaggio (soprano sax)


Modern Times (Arabesque Recordings AJ0190)

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Bobby Selvaggio (soprano sax), Kenny Werner (piano),

Matt Wigton (bass), Nathan Douds (drums)


Composed by Bobby Selvaggio


Recorded: June 18-19 2008


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Bobby Selvaggio wanted to write a demanding tune that takes its cues from Wayne Shorter and his present-day quartet. Composing something like this is one thing, but performing it must have been another chore entirely. Fortunately for Selvaggio, the band was up to the task, and this recording of “Whirlwind” is their first take. The group collectively puts accents on beats at irregular spots, playing whack-a-mole all over the melody. Even when Selvaggio improvises, he somehow maintains the presence of mind to drop in those scattered pulses in the middle of some pretty involved soloing. If you listen closely enough, you can hear Werner simultaneously doing the same kind of multitasking. Despite the jagged rhythms, the harmony lands on its feet after every somersault.

Impish strains like this one are such a gas.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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