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For Now: Elsewhere

For Now is a jazz quintet hailing from Denton, Texas. All five members met while in university and have recently released their debut album titled Elsewhere. The quintet is led by composer/vocalist Isabel Crespo.

The playing can be subtle but more intense when called upon. The musicianship is superb throughout these eleven tracks. Gentle guitar begins “(We’re) Home” and as the instruments slowly take part Crespo’s crystal clear vocals have a hint of nostalgia taking us back a few decades. Although this is thoroughly modern jazz there are moments of years gone by. With the subtle nuance of “Into the Yellow Room” the music builds upon drums and guitar then settles down into a wonderful piano solo. In the complex “Caught in the Double Bind” Crespo’s vocals and Gregory Santa Croce's piano intermingle through intense build ups. Crespo’s scatting vocals ebb and flow with the music as riveting piano solos and great band interplay create a fiery soundscape of instrumental bliss. The slow drum and bass creep of “The Times We Live In” accented with flugelhorn is another creative piece as is the easy going “Are You Listening?” with its wonderful guitar solo.

For Now has created a wonderful debut with Elsewhere. I think all jazz fans will find something to enjoy. Recommended.

Track Listing:
1. (We’re) Home
2. Into the Yellow Room
3. Caught in the Double Bind
4. Consider Rerouting
5. On Color
6. The Times We Live In
7. Are You Listening?
8. I’ll Never Know
9. Tesseract
10. Elsewhere
11. Sleepover

Added: September 9th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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