Two musicians who have recently gotten a lot of press with great discs in 2011 -- Dan Tepfer (see January 4 entry herein) and Noah Preminger ("Before the Rain" Palmetto 2011) -- support leader Rob Garcia on two BJU (Brooklyn Jazz Underground) label discs. These would be considered advanced post bop CDs with a lot of free play, but they hold close to melody and harmony with the nice tenor sound from Preminger and the solid grounding of Dan Tepfer. The disc features nice group dynamics and strong underlying pulse courtesy of Garcia.
Rob Garcia 4
BJU Records 2009
This is a fun disc with the song titles related to flowering plants. It begines with a jaunty tune, "Joe-Pye Weed" that demonstrates the strength of the group as a single unit having fun playing together. Preminger plays wonderful tenor on "Seasons of Stone," working with Garcia, Tepfer and Chris Lightcap (bass) in important, colorful support roles. Garcia stands out with prominent poly-rhythms on "Vortex," which also features colorful tenor playing and intense group play. There's only one standard on Perennial, "Cherokee", which is nicely adapted to the group's punchy style.