August 16, 2014
Matthew Finck, guitar, and Jonathan Ball, tenor saxophone, with their new album It’s Not That Far, continue the vast and varied range of collaborations between their instruments. Their collective experience reaches back deep to the blues, gospel, and R&B, is grounded in bebop, and draws from sources as disparate as funk, rock, Bossa Nova and fusion. Matthew Finck (b.1972) has collaborated in the past with Roswell Rudd, John Medeski, and Steve Wilson; among many. Jonathan Ball (b.1968) has teamed up with Ira Coleman, Randy Gillespie, Giovanni Hildago, Charles Flores, and Dafnis Prieto; to name just a few. The rhythm section, anchored by Jay Anderson (b.1955) on bass and Adam Nussbaum (b.1955) on drums, delivers a percussive and unerringly consistent pulse that is highly textured and finely layered.
“This is an album that recalls a lot of those great ’60s Blue Note sides; well-structured playing, a nice mix of stylistic approaches, cool and relaxed changes and a pervasive warmth to the production that is lively and magnetic.” –Eric Harabadian, Jazz Inside, December 2013
“The word ‘synergy’ is often thrown at any attempt to work together. True collaboration is much rarer, and results in a whole greater than the sum of parts. And that describes my feelings about ‘It’s Not That Far’ from the Matthew Finck-Jonathon Ball Project. Two great musicians with a solid band and great guest makes some magical music.” –Michael Anderson, http://Geardiary.com
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