WCS 101 -
River of January
Dave Zinno Unisphere


The songs on Dave Zinno Unisphere’s River of January are lavish jazz adventures, rich with texture, ripe with melodicism, and simply joyful audio journeys. The band is spectacular: Unisphere includes the talents of sax man Mike Tucker (Arturo Sandoval), drummer Rafael Barata (Milton Nascimento, Marc Johnson), Leo Genovese (Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spaulding), and Crescent City trumpeter Benny Bloom. Zinno leads them the way a hopeless romantic treats a first love: gently, understanding and worshipful. He glorifies his accompanists and allows them to go on at length, indulging their considerable talents and making River of January a wall of glorious of sound. This isn’t to say that it’s stodgy. Zinno infuses the work with progress. The band takes the vibe of traditional jazz and reverses the paradigm, so the songs, while familiar, certainly don’t remain the same. There are many highlights here, and while it wouldn’t be a waste of space to speak about them individually, it would be easier to say that these tunes all include rushes of adrenaline, sweetness of melody and serious elements of style. River of January is a work of forward thinking tradition and one that has much substance within it to discover.

$14.99
TRACKS
1.
Babycakes
2.
Remember When
3.
Petra Hippie
4.
Inverno Sem Rio
5.
Little Lilli
6.
Recife Blues
7.
Wichita Lineman
8.
South End Blues
9.
Rapanui
10.  
Um a Zero
PERSONNEL
Dave Zinno - double bass
Mike Tucker - tenor saxophone
Leo Genovese - piano melodica
Rafael Barata - drums
Eric " Benny" Bloom - trumpet
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