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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