Jeff Rupert -George Garzone The Ripple
The title of this CD refers to the sound and influence of Lester Young, the first master of the subtle “cool school” tenor playing that both of these saxophonists favor. Florida-based Jeff Rupert plays in a smooth Stan Getz-influenced style while Boston legend George Garzone throws knottier and more abstract figures into his playing. The two mesh nicely, whether seamlessly fitting together on tunes like the bossa nova “Bahia” or chasing one another on an up-tempo romp through “Without A Song.” On “Detour Ahead” and “The Red Door” especially, the contrast stands out as Rupert dances over the rhythm in straight, freewheeling lines while Garzone throws sour inflections and freak noises into his potent solos.
The duo also trade sassy blues choruses on “Red Top,” play lustrously on Rupert’s “Beauty Becomes Her,” a sighing ballad with a hint of Billy Strayhorn‘s “Chelsea Bridge” and enjoy athletic workouts on Wayne Shorter‘s “Lester Left Town” where pianist Richard Drexler also gets a chance to stretch his muscles. This sessions of two separate but equal voices is a joy throughout.