ANTON SCHWARTZ

FlashMob

2014-02-16

  For his fifth release, FlashMob,  saxophonist Anton Schwartz has assembled a skilled team of musicians. Together, they have put together an album of contemporary jazz that occasionally delves into the bop arena (Cumulonimbus, Epistrophy, The Contender, and the opening track). The album starts strong with the title track.  Second song, "Swamp Thang" takes it to New Orleans with its crafty snare work from drummer, Lorca Hart.  Hart also shows off his chops with the trap set on "Cumulonimbus".  The band wins me over, however, with its arrangement of my favorite Monk tune, "Epistrophy", one of the two covers on the album.   All in all, FlashMob"  is a nice addition to today's jazz library.   Rebecca Ruth   

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