Paul Serrato & Co. Release 'Origami' on Graffiti Productions
Origami marks the fourth release by Paul on his independent Graffiti Productions label. It's the follow-up to More Than Red, which positioned itself at the top of the Yellow Dog jazz chart for several weeks in 2002. For anyone who has dug this and prior indie releases of Paul Serrato and Co., this new Graffiti Productions release is guaranteed not to disappoint.
The music is a mix of world rhythm, flowing melodies, piano blues and just plain straight ahead, swingin' playin'. Two vocals, one by Paul and another by L.D. Frazier, are included to top things off even more. With one notable exception, a version of Miles Davis's Solar, the music is original. In addition to Paul on piano, the New York musicians include Bryce Sebastien (bass), familiar to fans for his unique, innovative playing on other Paul Serrato releases; on congas, Henry Morales, also an ongoing member of the ensemble.
New on this record are Reggie Pittman (trumpet) and Kevin Twigg (drums). Reggie is an engaged participant in the New York band scene, including The Ellington Orchestra. Kevin hails from Long Island where he's a first call on sessions looking for professionalism and style. He's a regular member of composer David Amram's musical ensemble. Internationally, as well as in New York, L.D. Frazier is recognized as one of our most popular and emminent gospel singers. Together, these musicians, with their diverse experience, have synthesized their creativity into a statement of musical solidarity- jazz.
If there's a narrative in this music, it's in the voices of tradition of those great artists of jazz who have believed that originality and innovation are worthy goals to pursue for the enrichment of the music as well as our lives. Jazz, among other things, is legacy; and legacies here are many: Dizzy, Miles, Horace, Palmieri, Tatum, Bobby Timmons, Baden Powell, etc. etc. They have been an inspiration and continue to be.
Track Listing: 1. Groove Move 2. Corona Carlos 3. Solar 4. Origami 5. Who Are You 6. Open 24 Hours 7.
Origami can be purchased at CDBaby.com, the Jazz Record Mart 800-684-3480, and The Bop Shop 585-271-3354.