Dave Rivello: Beyond The Fall


Beyond The Fall


Dave Rivello Ensemble


Facing The Mirror (Allora Records 1002)

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Matt Pivec (soprano sax, flute), Jose Encarnacion (tenor sax, flute, clarinet), Dean Keller (bass clarinet, clarinet), Brian Shaw (lead trumpet), Mike Krupa (trumpet), Eli Asher (flugelhorn), Phil Ostrander (trumpet), Dan Pierce (trombone), Jeff Meyer (tuba), Red Wierenga (piano), Malcolm Kirby (bass), Ted Poor (drums, percussion).

Composed by Dave Rivello


Recorded: Eastman School of Music Studios, Rochester, New York, August 20, 22, 2002


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Not too long ago, I went through a period of rediscovery of 1970's action films. It had been a while so when we got to Clint Eastwood, I was as bowled over by the music of Lalo Schifrin as I was by the exploits of Harry Callahan. Maybe today's film music is put together with more modern technology but much of it can't compete with Schifrin's emotion-laden dynamics.

“Beyond The Fall” reminded me of Schifrin's work because it managed to tell it's own story. Dave Rivello's ultra-dynamic ensemble runs through this composition employing start & stop breaks, quick tempo changes, tension-building solos (especially Matt Pivec on soprano sax), exciting swells, and judicious use of dissonance. I found myself doing something that more commonly occurs with my favorite rock recordings: turning it up waaay too loud.

For lovers of the modern big band sound (in a slightly smaller package), this track is highly recommended.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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