Brilliant piano jazz Mark Kostabi Band – MULTIPLE BRIDGES: I recently reviewed a most interesting CD titled “Closer To First” that featured Mark Kostabi in several roles (not least of which was pianist)… this album puts more focus on his brilliant piano jazz work… you can get a taste of that by watching him perform “Radical Blue” in this video from his channel…
…as you can see & hear, Mark’s playing is most enjoyable, with excellent pacing… be sure to SUBSCRIBE to his YouTube channel, where you’ll find MANY more excellent videos.
As I listened to “Fractured For Fools”, I couldn’t help but think back to Frank Zappa’s “Jazz From Hell” album… the piano leads, but bass from Mark Egan walks right along beside, over & under it through the entire 7:25… there are some great “animal sounds” woven into the piece too that give it a truly zany edge!
Paul Kostabi’s guitar and Tommy Campbell’s drums/percussion on “Mr Who” work together to make this one of the liveliest tunes you’ll listen to in 2020… some great bass trombone from David Taylor, as well as brilliant accordion played by William Schimmel round the piece out quite nicely.
The opening track, “Cascades“, clearly demonstrates Mark’s ability to “paint” with his piano, and William’s accordion truly adds to that effect… imagery of waterfalls and rippling streams will fill your head with visions of the wetness of nature… because this tune is only 3:40, I predict that it will be getting a HIGH degree of airplay!
It was the thunderous bass trombone and piano intro to “Scarlet Spring” that (easily) made it my personal favorite of the nine (long) songs Mark & his krew offer for your aural enjoyment… here’s a great video of Mark performing this piece in solo mode…
I give Mark and all his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, as well as an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this most enjoyable album. Get more information by visiting the Mark Kostabi store on Facebook. Rotcod Zzaj
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