Jeff "Siege" Siegel

Magical Spaces

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During the first few selections on Magical Spaces, it is difficult not to be reminded of the classic John Coltrane Quartet. Tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay emulates Coltrane in spots and pianist Francesca Tanksley could pass for a dead ringer for McCoy Tyner (check him out on "Threads"). However drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel's compositions are colorful and original, not having any major debt to an obvious predecessor. Some of the songs, if heard by other musicians, could possibly become future standards. This set flows logically from one selection to another, having brief transitions in a couple of drum solos ("Opening Statement" and the concluding "Postcard to Arthur Rhames") and a percussion duet ("Peaceful") along with a change of pace in Tim Strong's vocal on "Peaceful," which hints at Leon Thomas (without his yodeling). While the sounds of Lindsay and Tanksley are a little derivative, they are enjoyable, but it is for the compositions of Siegel and the appealing group sound that Magical Spaces is most highly recommended.

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