180g Vinyl Double LP Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Michael Fremer Rated 10/11 Music, 10/11 Sound on www.analogplanet.com!
"...this is a record you'll not quickly retire, both for the music and the transparent, three-dimensional instrumental presentation. All attempted to produce one "the way records used to be made" and all succeeded. I don't know how many vinyl copies (if any) remain but my advice would be to get one ...listening to Jerome Sabbagh's The Turn on vinyl is a special experience musically and sonically." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, 10/11 Music, 10/11 Sound!
Longevity is a word rarely associated with jazz ensembles these days. The difficulty in retaining a long lasting musical relationship with any one collaborator is hard enough, let alone trying to keep a quartet together. An ensemble that has weathered the obstacles and remained a cohesive unit should be celebrated. Saxophonist/composer Jerome Sabbagh has led his tremendous quartet for 10 years, a rare display of stability in jazz today. Over the years, the band has developed a unique sound, which stems in no small part from the high level of musicianship involved.
Together with guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Ted Poor, Sabbagh has recorded his third album as a leader, The Turn a terrific reminder of the incredible results that can be achieved by a group of dedicated and talented musicians in complete rapport.
The Turn was recorded live to analog tape by the acclaimed engineer James Farber (Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and Joshua Redman) and mastered by the legendary Doug Sax (Pink Floyd, Diana Krall, Ray Charles and Sonny Rollins), yielding a sound that is clear, natural and warm, highlighting the band's sonic signature.
As a saxophonist, Jerome Sabbagh is an heir to the jazz tradition along with being a part of the eclectic and vibrant New York jazz scene of today. His attachment to lyricism has helped him forge a distinctive identity as a tenor player. The members of the quartet are equally versed and accomplished. An inspired soloist with a knack for creative harmonic textures, Ben Monder (himself a noteworthy bandleader, composer, and sideman with Maria Schneider, Paul Motian and Lee Konitz) shows once more why he is one of the great guitarists of our time. Joe Martin is a first-rate bassist with a facile ear and has worked with the likes of Mark Turner and Chris Potter. Drummer Ted Poor provides a steady groove that eschews unnecessary effects. He shapes the music with the creativity and with a sure-footedness that has earned him the trust of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Aaron Parks.
The compositions on the recording are all originals, except "Once Around the Park," a tune written by the recently deceased master drummer and composer Paul Motian. Sabbagh was one of the last saxophonists hired by Motian and played in the drummer s New Trio alongside Ben Monder at the Village Vanguard in New York in 2011. The band's take on Motian's piece is done in tribute to this extraordinary figure.
"...no expense was spared in the pursuit of a sonically impeccable recording done "the way records used to be made."... I was not prepared for what Sax and the vinyl playback process had produced: a far more palpable "you are there" sensation, superior transparency and believability (the first rim shot over on the right channel never before set me back in my chair) and especially the sensation of Sabbagh's sax floating in three-dimensional space between the speakers." -Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, Music 10/11, Sound 10/11
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Mastered by Doug Sax
Recorded live to analog tape
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Jerome Sabbagh, tenor saxophone
Ben Monder, guitar
Joe Martin, bass
Ted Poor, drums
1. The Turn
2. Long Gone
5. The Rodeo
7. Once Around The Park
8. Electric Sun