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Palombi, Phil: Detroit Lean

Here is another excellent jazz offering, this time from bassist/composer/band leader Phil Palombi. These cats play melodic contemporary jazz that will have you hitting the repeat button again and again. Palombi has been around for a few years and Detroit Lean is his third CD as a band leader.

In the band are the aforementioned Palombi (Scott LaFaro's Prescott bass, electric basses), Mathew Fries (piano, Vintage Vibe and Wurlitzer electric pianos), Keith Hall (drums and percussion), Tony Romano (classical, flamenco, steel string and electric guitars), Kat Gang (vocals) and George Walker Petit (percussion and special effects).

Palombi has been hugely influenced by the legendary Scott LaFaro and in 2015 he was allowed to use LaFaro's famous Prescott bass upon which he promptly recorded Detroit Lean. And use it he does to great effect on the album opening "Beyond The Wall" where a huge bass groove, snappy percussion and floating electric piano will have jazz heads grinning from ear to ear. Later on lyrical guitar, complex drum patterns and an excellent bass solo cap it off with aplomb. The melodic title track has another smooth bass groove while "The Phoenix" showcases bass, guitar and piano solos. The ballad "Push-Pull" is a gentle number featuring Hall's thoughtful piano work. In "I'll Never Go Back To Brooklyn" the bass and piano again take center stage but really this is an entire band effort. Every track is enjoyable in their own right, just what I am looking for in a jazz album.

The playing, arrangements and melodies will make Detroit Lean a welcome addition to any jazz collection. I urge you to check it out.

Track Listing:
1. Beyond The Wall (6:39)
2. Detroit lean (6:14)
3. The Phoenix (for mom) (6:17)
4. Push-Pull (6:18)
5. I'll Never Go Back To Brooklyn (6:45)
6. Stay The Same (5:26)
7. Alternate Side Parking (4:54)
8. Standing Through Time (6:28)
9. Sarah's Theme (6:24)
10. Take Both Paths (4:51)

Added: July 24th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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