Jonathan Kreisberg: Just In Time

New York guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg is finally gaining some well-deserved momentum through his Wednesday night residency at the Bar Next Door, his frequent participation in Ari Hoenig's Punk Bop group, and his two most recent albums as a leader with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Mark Ferber. Kreisberg's playing never sounded as good as this '03 release with the inimitable rhythm section of Larry Grenadier and Bill Stewart, though. All three move together beautifully, allowing Kreisberg the ultimate confidence to shoot for the stars with his bold jazz/rock aesthetic. After a chordal retelling of the "Just In Time" melody, Kreisberg explodes with an angular, six-over-four guitar break. While the energy from this break indicates an immediate onslaught might be coming, Kreisberg quickly recoils and spends some time searching for motives to develop through leisurely combinations of everyday chords and quick linear bursts. The guitarist builds a stylish, bouncy solo from there, adding intricacy through both technical twists and an effortless, coherent flow of ideas.

March 11, 2009 · 0 comments


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