Jeff Rupert with George Garzone is reviewed by Take Effect

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Jeff Rupert and George Garzone

TAKE EFFECT

Jeff Rupert with George Garzone

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The Ripple

Rupe, 2020

9/10

Listen to The Ripple

Jeff Rupert and George Garzone, both legends in the are of saxophone sounds and Grammy winners, come together with Richard Drexler on keys, Marty Morell behind the drum kit and Jeremy Allen on bass. Together, the ensemble reinvent several classic tunes as well as offering 3 originals on the thrillin The Ripple.

“Bahia (aka Baia)” starts the listen with soulful tenor sax as swift keys and light percussion highlight the affair, and this elegance continues to the upbeat and playful keys of the original, “GO-GO”, as well as the initially cautious and graceful “Stardust”, that bursts into a busy display of classic jazz.

Further along, “Detour Ahead” finds a spirited place to reside with gorgeous interplay between the sax and drums, while “The Red Door” shuffles quickly with swift melodies. “Hoboken”, a late album highlight, then offers sublime post-bop fun in a Rupert penned track.

At the end, Wayne Shorter’s “Lester Left Town” pairs piano and brass together with fluid results, and “Alone Together” ends the affair with dual saxophones in the creative and rhythmic exit.

A tribute album to Lester Young, though there’s no actual Young tunes present, artists that inspired him are included, as the tenor sax focused compositions bop fluently and also find creative ways to get soulful in this profoundly exciting listen.

Travels well with: Sam FazioLet’s Go; Michael WaldropTriangularity

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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