Jun 14 2017
Plenty of enthusiasm on the newest from tenor saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and it’s pretty fun how he and his ensemble don’t hold back even a little bit. This is true even on the ballad “The Nearness of You,” which slowly sways to and fro, but perpetually gives the impression of a hyperactive child ready to leap up and go running off the moment the parents stop paying attention. A few tracks have a modern funk sound, and while nothing about them will instigate a recoil reflex, they’re not nearly as strong as those that stick to a modern straight-ahead sound. Opening track “Onward” is the ultimate proof of that assertion, but “Franklin Street,” which features a guest appearance from trumpeter Randy Brecker, makes a strong case, too. A nifty rendition of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” is an added bonus.
Onward is plenty enjoyable as a fireworks show, where the sight and shape of the lights is just as thrilling as the boom and crash.
Your album personnel: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (tenor sax), Steven Feifke (piano), Raviv Markovitz (bass), Jimmy Macbride (drums) and guest: Randy Brecker (trumpet).
This album is Self-Produced.
Music from NYC.
Available at: Amazon