Mary Petrich-Openhand | Murmuration

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by Mary Petrich-Openhand

Brilliant, original modern jazz foray features progressive American saxophonist Petrich supported by a talented young OpenHand group – very much in the legendary ECM tradition with its beautiful album cover and spacious, fiord-fresh sound.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Nar Waltz
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2. 77 of 79
6:46 $0.99
3. October Song
6:24 $0.99
4. Neptune
7:04 $0.99
5. Escondido
5:56 $0.99
6. Metrognome
5:03 $0.99
7. Lunch With Burroughs
6:10 $0.99
8. Open Hand
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9. July Song
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10. Gentle Ben
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Album Notes
Progressive jazz is being explored and expressed in a refreshing new way through the spacious, environmental sound of Phoenix-based saxophonist Mary Petrich. Unveiling a natural evolution of an impressive career that has ranged across the jazz genre from bebop to big band to samba to the avant garde, the pioneering Petrich literally takes flight on her noteworthy new CD, Murmuration (Surface Tension Records).
Murmuration unleashes ten compelling forays into an instrumental realm that is both challenging and accessible. Petrich’s tenor and soprano saxophone leads are sparse but profound as she speaks volumes through each solo. Her OpenHand quartet is rounded out by guitarist Alex Oliverio, bassist Sean Brogan and drummer Ryan Anthony, and together the foursome reveals a decidedly cool chemistry at work.
Petrich’s “Neptune” and Brogan’s “October Song” are good examples of a sparse, unhurried, natural sound that liberates the album’s overall feel. Oliverio’s edgier “Metrognome,” on the other hand, successfully imposes something of an urban spin on the band’s atmospherics with its slightly rugged vibe reminiscent of “Peter Gunn.” Each of the players contributed two fine originals to the volume, pieces that are as unique and distinctive as they are engaging. Petrich also covers “Escondido” by one of her jazz heroes, Bennie Maupin, the multi-reed great of Herbie Hancock lore. Knowledgeable jazz aficionados might compare Murmuration – with its beautiful album cover and awesome music – to the great works of legendary jazz label ECM, which rose up in the ‘70s with an uncompromising approach to fiord-fresh sound and simple-but-breathtaking album art.
This is a great introduction to a singular jazz talent whose star is most certainly on the rise…



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This CD of mostly original tunes is a real gem. It is both innovative and somehow reassuring. It has a soft sound which makes it easy to listen to, and yet is filled with interesting and creative playing. Mary has such a beautiful tone on the sax, her soprano playing is just as strong as her sound on the tenor. The group plays well together; they are synergetic as a group. This CD is a wonderful addition to any jazz fan's library.