Academic journal article Notes

Matt Renzi

Academic journal article Notes

Matt Renzi

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Matt Renzi. The Cave. Fresh Sound New Talent FCNT 226, 2005.

Saxophonist Matt Renzi leads a piano-less trio on this album, a fact which, along with his well-established penchant for discursive free improvisation, may deter some potential listeners from giving The Cave a fair hearing. And indeed, those who do not want to invest any effort in their listening or who simply cannot bear the sound of small-ensemble jazz without middle-register chordal support will probably not find much to enjoy here. But Renzi's approach to improvisation is refreshingly selfless and musical, and his interaction with bassist David Ambrosio does quite a bit to fill up the harmonic space that usually exists between a saxophone soloist and the rhythm section. (Drummer Russell Meisner fills out the trio with robust but sensitive playing of his own.) Highlights come early on this program, with "Stand Clear (of the Closing Doors)," on which Renzi and Ambrosio play a subdued but lyrical head in lovely counterpoint before going off on separate but linked improvisatory paths; there are moments near the middle that recall the similarly intuitive interactions of Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro. …

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