The Steve Rochinski Quartet

Until Further Notice...

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Although not well known nationally, Steve Rochinski is someone who has commanded respect on the Boston jazz scene. Forming a quartet with pianist Tony Germain, bassist Barry Smith, and drummer John Ramsay, Rochinski emphasizes his own compositions on Until Further Notice..., his first album as a leader. Because Rochinski studied guitar with Tal Farlow, some jazz enthusiasts might expect his playing to be more Farlow-ish. But Rochinski isn't as accessible or as lyrical a guitarist as Farlow. He's much more angular, and complex originals like "A Simple Derivative" and "Spleetus and the Yope-Yope Man" reflect his admiration for Thelonious Monk as well as the underrated piano master Herbie Nichols. Because Rochinski's playing and writing are as angular and intellectual as they are, listeners may not be able to fully absorb Until Further Notice... on the first listen. But those with a taste for the cerebral will find that this decent CD has a way of growing on them.

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