Take Effect reviews Aaron Bazzell, Aesthetic

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Aaron Bazzell

TAKE EFFECT

Aaron Bazzell

Aesthetic

Self-Released, 2022

8/10

Listen to Aesthetic

The musician, composer and educator Aaron Bazzell might have started his saxophone career in classical music, but these days he’s fully immersed in jazz sounds, and he brings along Rachel Robinson, Keith Brown, Brandon Donald and Jonathan Michel for this debut album.

Bazzell leads with the title track, where his adventurous sax is met with Brown’s warm keys in the dynamic climate, and “Asked And Answered” follows with playfully plucked bass from Michel as the soothing brass guides a charming version of jazz.

In the middle, “Purpose” benefits much from Donald’s proficient drumming as Bazzell’s sax acrobatics enthrall us, while “Eventually”, the lone track with vocals, showcases Robinson’s pretty pipes in the dreamy landscape.

“Up And Away” and “Increase And Persist” exit the listen, where the former builds into a dizzying display of sublime and frisky jazz prowess, and the latter finishes the listen furious, meticulous and full of unpredictable and appreciated textures.

An album that poetically surrounds both the beauty and battle that is the human experience, Bazzell and company put much care into these songs, and it makes for an exceptional first record.

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Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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