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Tyler Blanton | Gotham (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood, and Matt Clohesy)

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Gotham (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood, and Matt Clohesy)

by Tyler Blanton

New York vibraphonist Tyler Blanton leads a dynamic and hard hitting performance joined by Donny McCaslin, Matt Clohsey and Nate Wood.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Sleeps (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood & Matt Clohesy)
6:14 $1.49
2. Freaky Dream (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood & Matt Clohesy)
9:35 $1.99
3. Gotham (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood & Matt Clohesy)
6:53 $1.49
4. CogsNate Wood (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood & Matt Clohesy)
8:07 $1.49
5. Tunnels (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood & Matt Clohesy)
13:50 $1.99
6. Breaking Through the Clouds (feat. Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood & Matt Clohesy)
9:11 $1.49
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sturdy and energetic modern jazz with shades of dark
While no Batman of Gotham, Brooklyn-based California native Tyler Blanton proves to be a more than gifted vibist and promising composer on his second release. A certain strand running through his six originals may bear some comparison to drummer/composer/arranger John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet in terms of repetitive phrases, contrapunctalism, odd time signatures tending towards polyrhythm, etc. Donny McCaslin contributes in his trademark tenor sax sound to five tracks (#2-6). The proactive and tight rhythm section is ideal for this type of music, made up of Aussie-born Matt Clohesy on double bass and bass guitar (#1, 4) and fellow Californian turned Brooklyner Nate Wood on drums.

The restless opener 'never sleeps' is a trio piece with a great vibraphone solo to ease things up a bit; while #2 'freaky dreams' is a kind of urban jazz noir, w/ some tenor exploration, interesting improv from Blanton, and also introducing midi vibe/malletkat emitting rhodes sound. The title track #3 'gotham' is akin to both a requiem in its seriousness and a menacing warning, offering some edgy vibe solo with McCaslin joining in the background and gradually taking over with his wailing tenor.
Minimalist sax repetition against pronounced bass/drum beats on #4 'cogs' gives way to forceful ensemble sound, having a strong percussive segment in the middle, twisting and writhing tenor improv, malletkat switching from harpsichord and synth effect to rhodes-like otuput. Fat bass pulsing drives the weird jazz on the longest track called #5 'tunnels' (10 seconds short of 14 minutes in length), with a multi-part warped tango (?) being followed by sweeping vibraphone and searching tenor. The concluding piece #6 'breaking through the clouds' is lyrical jazz waltz in vein of Gary Burton, having soulful, lazy notes been exuded by McCaslin. Total time: 53.54 min. Recommended!