Deeply moving eloquent jazz Kyle Nasser – Persistent Fancy

Deeply moving eloquent jazz Kyle Nasser – PERSISTENT FANCY: When I first was exposed to Kyle’s splendid reed work (tenor and soprano sax) in issue # 158, he got high marks from me, to be sure… he plays with the kind of passion only a seasoned player can project.

Kyle’s newest release (5 October, 2018) features a stellar cast of players, too… guitarist Jeff Miles, keyboardist Dov Manski, with drummer Allan Mednard, bassist Nick Jost, as well as alto saxophonist Roman Filiú… high-energy compositions like Kyle’s original, “Arrival“, will thrill listeners who love well-played sax-led groups… when Jeff’s rippin’ guitar takes off at about the 2:40 mark, your ears will (definitely) be riding high, as were mine… this song gets a slot on my iPhone player, too – only a few get placement there!

The title track, “Persistent Fancy“, has some excellent keyboard worked in… after only listening to the first few bars, I knew this was going to be a long-time favorite, with lots of replay goin’ on!  Heavy on rhythm, with clearly stated and freely flowing reeds that drive the tune to excellence.

The 5:48 “3-Way” slows the pace just a bit, but if you love “the groove”, you’ll find this tune very much to your liking… great interplay between the reeds and drums on this piece.

It only took me a moment to choose my personal favorite of the fourteen songs Kyle has offered up – because it’s the opener, “Split Gut“… both saxophones are totally solid, and the 8:18 length of the track gives room for each player to shine brightly.

I give Kyle and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this splendid release.  Get more information on Kyle’s website.            Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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