Four From The Posi-Tone Pile" data-original-title="" title="">Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's gospel-inflected "Sermonette," complete with some baritone saxophone preaching from Jason W. Marshall. The attention then shifts to the core trio during a take on James Taylor's "Shower The People" that shifts focus from nuanced texture painting to slick-and-slippery funk. Drummer Sylvia Cuenca steals the show on a burning "No Moon At All," trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt steps up to the plate on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," and alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius gets to shine on Gold's lively-and-bouncy "Fantified." This mostly-covers set finishes with two more, as a smoking "Cubano Chant" and comfortable "Charcoal Blues" finish things off in style.
Drummer Steve Fidyk is best known for his sideman and studio contributions, writing for Modern Drummer magazine, and work with the Taylor/Fidyk Big Band. Here, he makes his bones with the Posi-Tone gang by fronting a quintet that features a pair of heavy-hitterstrumpeter Terell Stafford and saxophonist Tim Warfield. The program contains four Fidyk originals, two numbers from guitarist Shawn Purcell, and three covers.
Heads Up!, like the aforementioned Charette album, doesn't start out with the most distinctive music on the disc. It's the first cover"Make Someone Happy"that, strangely enough, gives Fidyk's music its own identity. A muted Stafford draws focus as Fidyk's brushes glide along below. From that point on, most everything makes its mark. Purcell's guitar and Regan Brough's bass join together for the Charlie Parker-ish "Might This Be-Bop," which is also bolstered by Fidyk's brushes, and Stafford picks up his flugelhorn for an uncommonly slow and beautiful take on "I Can See Clearly Now."
Fidyk's most notable originals"The Flip Flopper," a funky tune with some memorable guitar work from Purcell, and the warm-hearted "T.T.J."come later in the album, but it's Cole Porter that has the final word; Fidyk and company finish with a metrically-altered "Love For Sale" that's pure fun.
Saxophonist Tom Tallitsch focuses on his own music on his second release on Posi-Tone and fifth date as a leader. He throws in David Bowie's "Life On Mars" and Led Zeppelin's "Ten Years Gone" for good measure, but the other nine tracks are all of his making.
Tallitsch proves to be a commanding player throughout Ride, but it's the sidemen that help to bring out the best in the music. Rock solid players like pianist Art Hirahara and bassist Peter Brendler help to keep things running smoothly, guest trombonist Michael Dease brings the heat, and Rudy Royston, the seemingly ubiquitous super drummer, adds some wattage to Tallitsch's tunes. Royston's in high spirits on the title track and he drives the hell out of a few other numbers.
While the faster material always carries excitement with it, Talitsch's strongest pieces aren't the burners. "Rain," which Tallitsch accurately frames as "gospel country," the Brazilian-tinged "El Luchador," which gives Dease a chance to shine, and the bluesy "Knuckle Dragger" all leave more of a lasting impression on the ear.
Tracks and Personnel
Tracks: Aaight!; If; Three For Martina; People On Trains; True Love; Ease Back; Time Changes; A Fantasy; Yei Fei; Things You Don't Mean; Ten Bars For Eddie Harris.
Personnel: Brian Charette: organ; Yotam Silberstein: guitar; Mark Ferber: drums.
Tracks: Pendulum; Spirits; Sermonette; Shower The People; No Moon At All; I Just Can't Stop Loving You; Fantified; Cubano Chant; Charcoal Blues.
Personnel: Jared Gold: organ; Dave Stryker: guitar; Sylvia Cuenca: drums; Patrick Cornelius: alto saxophone; Jason Marshall: baritone saxophone; Tatum Greenblatt: trumpet.
Tracks: Untimely; Last Nerve; Make Someone Happy; Might This Be-Bop; I Can See Clearly Now; The Flip Flopper; The Bender; T.T.J.; Love For Sale.
Personnel: Steve Fidyk: drums; Terell Stafford: trumpet, flugelhorn; Tim Warfield: tenor saxophone; Shawn Purcell: guitar; Regan Brough: bass.
Tracks: Ride; Life On Mars; Rubbernecker; Rain; The Giving Tree; Ten Years Gone; El Luchador; The Myth; Knuckle Dragger; The Path; Turtle.
Personnel: Tom Tallitsch: tenor saxophone; Michael Dease; trombone; Art Hirahara: piano; Peter Brendler: bass; Rudy Royston.