Bobby Previte's Bump


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Bobby Previte's Bump has the same instrumentation as the Jazz Crusaders (tenor saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, electric bassist Steve Swallow, and Previte on drums), but sounds nothing at all like that soul-jazz band. This set features five forward-thinking players whose solos and ensemble work are full of adventure, wit, and unpredictability. The nine uncredited originals, which are probably by Previte, are generally rhythmic and sometimes funky, with brief melodies and an emphasis on group playing. Horvitz and Swallow work particularly well together, Fowlkes is often rambunctious, and it is interesting to hear Ehrlich (who elsewhere often plays clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, and alto) concentrating exclusively on tenor. Since the pieces are percussive, Previte's playing behind the other musicians often reminds one of the themes. The performances certainly keep one guessing but, due to the high musicianship, the creativity of the players, and their empathy for each other's playing, there are no slow moments. Counterclockwise is highly recommended to adventurous listeners.

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