Steve Treseler

Resonance

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Having studied with Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Lacy and George Garzone, saxophonist Steve Treseler is obviously a musician who will blossom given time. He makes his debut recording as a leader with Resonance. Treseler's lush introduction is Kenny Wheeler's gorgeous "Opening from Sweet Time Suite," with the leader overdubbing a choir of saxes and clarinets and a subtle use of the rhythm section, segueing into his lovely original ballad "The Gathering," highlighted by his mellow tenor sax. He utilizes multiple saxes again in a breezy workout of Lennie Tristano's "Two Not One," showcasing pianist Dawn Clement and guitarist Chris Spencer s well. The one standard is a lighthearted, straight-ahead interpretation of the old chestnut "Look for the Silver Lining." There are a couple of misfires. Composer/trumpeter Cuong Vu is a favorite of numerous New York-based critics, but this fusion-oriented arrangement with prominent electric guitar and plodding percussion doesn't fit in well with most of this CD. Treseler's overdubbed reeds are a highlight of Iron & Wine's "Naked as We Came," though he is unable to overcome this pop tune's repetitious, bland theme. Recommended.

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