40Twenty – album review

40Twenty
40Twenty
(YEAH YEAH)

Jacob Garchik (trombone), Jacob Sacks (piano), Dave Ambrosio (bass) and Vincent Sperrazza (drums) comprise this jazz collective. While their label, Yeah Yeah Records, asserts its avant-garde approach, this release is inventive but accessible. “Jan 20″ opens with bluesy, off-kilter swing and a Monk-ish feel. Garchik improvises with abandon on his “Gi,” referencing Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” Sperazza’s “Plainchant” proceeds solemnly, appropriate for a song titled for a style of medieval church music. His “Soon Enough” picks up the pace, with Sacks opening up in a more mainstream modern style, followed by Garchik’s emotive soloing. Ambrosio contributes the final two songs, “One Five” and “MajorEe MinorEe.” The former stretches time with a floating yet grounded expressiveness; the latter ends the disc with allusions to early Ornette Coleman. 40Twenty gigged regularly in Brooklyn before recording, resulting in this coherently innovative debut. — Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.

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