Grand jazz bassoon Michael Rabinowitz – UNCHARTED WATERS: Michael’s grand jazz bassoon playing on this vibrant CD release is joined by Nat Harris on guitar, Ruslan Khain on bass and Vince Ector doing drums, and let me tell you, folks – this SMOKES – it will be a true jazz adventure for listeners not accustomed to this often overlooked instrument (when it comes to jazz, anyway)… as I listen to the intricate movements on “Harold’s Blues” (samples aren’t available yet; I’ll come back and link them in when I have them), I’m absolutely convinced that Michael is THE best jazz bassoon player on the planet (& I’ve listened to several of them), and each of the other players contribute to make this one of the most “alive” blues I’ve listened to (yet) in 2017!
The closer, “Calypso Joe”, is an original creation by Michael, and is a superb lead-out for this very entertaining album; decidedly Latin beat, as you might imagine from the title, but the energy on this one paints the bassoon in a whole different light than you’ve ever heard before.
My personal favorite of the nine songs offered up for your listening enjoyment is actually the title track, “Uncharted Waters”, another Rabinowitz original that will (simply) stun your ears; the “flow” on this piece alone merits the MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating I’m giving it… “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is 4.98. You can get more information about this masterful player on the Jazz Promo Services page for this release. Rotcod Zzaj
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