John Patitucci: Messaienís Gumbo
John Patitucci (6 string electric bass)
Remembrance (Concord Jazz CJA-31018-02)
Rogerio Boccato (percussion).
Composed by John Patitucci.
Recorded: New York, September 16 & 17 2008
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
In an album full of tributes of other musicians, my best guess at the target of this paean is the 20th century French composer Olivier Messiaen, but this ainít no chamber music. Rather, itís a delicious bass-driven groove Patitucci so effortlessly plays on his electric bass. Blade brings to the fore the Big Easy funk sensibilities that he learned first hand as a young man, preferring to color the beat with well-placed flourishes over heavy-handedness. Lovano fashions some statements that are unhurried but memorable and staying in the pocket. When he returns after Patitucci and Bladeís fun little tÍte-ŗ-tÍte, heís welcomed with a ďwoo!Ē coming from presumably the leader and picks up where he left off with a tad more intensity.
Itís just an informal musical confab among three consummate pros who are letting their hair down without bringing down the level of musicianship. We as listeners are like auspicious flies on the wall.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron