Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
63

Gerry Hemingway Quintet, Riptide

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway has been deftly mixing it up on drums with some of the most accomplished new jazz artists for years. He has a new album out with his quintet, Riptide (Clean Feed 227), and it shows how he is a jazz composer and bandleader of note as well. First, the quintet itself: along with Gerry on drums are a formidable two-reed tandem of Oscar Noriega and Ellery Eskelin, the electric guitar smarts of Terrence McManus, and the acoustic and electric bass of Kermit Driscoll.

It's a date filled with good improvisations, sometimes collective with horns and guitar taking the front line, sometimes individual. The compositions are excellent frameworks for the band, devoid of cliche. There is some space in the music for Kermit and Gerry's good feel playing to come through as well.

If you want some idea what the music sounds like. . . it has the long in-and-out group oriented development of DeJohnette's classic New Direction days and some of Tim Berne's ensembles at their best. The 13 minute “Gitar" and its segue into “At Anytime" is a good place to hear the fully stretched and limber group going at it for a long loose straight-time mid-tempo feel that turns to swingtime towards the end. This is just an example of the ensemble's strengths: they listen to one another and compliment what is going on while articulating the compositional elements along the way. There's a spacey balland and by the time you get to “Meddle Music" things are into a free rock groove that has some nicely out McManus guitar work. “Backabacka" combines free ska with minimalistic repetition in quite interesting ways.

Well that's enough of the highlights to give you an idea. Strong music in the in-and-out zone, fully contemporary, that's Riptide for you. There's enough electricity from McManus' guitar and Kermit's bass guitar in some segments to break up the acoustic qualities that predominate and set them off.

It is a fascinating and fun ride. Gerry Hemingway comes through as a bandleader and the band comes through as a band. What more? Hear this one, most definitely.

Continue Reading...

This story appears courtesy of Gapplegate Music Review by Grego Edwards.
Copyright © 2016. All rights reserved.

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
Read more articles
Grey Matter
Grey Matter
NoBusiness Records
2014
buy
Kernelings
Kernelings
Auricle Records
2014
buy
Riptide
Riptide
Clean Feed Records
2011
buy
[no cover]
Below The Surface Of
Umbrella
2010
buy
Demon Chaser
Demon Chaser
Hatology
2009
buy
Songs
Songs
Between the Lines
2009
buy

Shop

News

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.