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The Carlos Abadie Quintet: Immersed in the Quest, Vol. 1 (2011)

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It would be a misnomer to call the Carlos Abadie Quintet a new band; after all, the group has been around for a decade. But it is one of those anomalies of fate that it is not better known. It should, and the reasons are manifested on Immersed in the Quest, Vol. 1, which carries a couple of originals and several standards to a highly satisfying listening experience. The years have honed quintet's approach, done with a great deal of clarity and vision, filling the music with depth and feeling.

New Jersey-born trumpeter Abadie has been living in New York City for the past 17 years. When not playing with his quintet he has been busy performing with, among others, Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon
1925 - 2010
trumpet
, David Murray
David Murray
David Murray
b.1955
sax, tenor
, Kevin Mahogany
Kevin Mahogany
Kevin Mahogany
b.1958
vocalist
and the Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
Orchestra. Apparently, he can contribute to different styles of jazz.

"People on the Hill," which kicks off the CD, sits in well with the neo-hard bop tag Abadie gives his music. His intensity powers the tune, but he slows down to change the dynamics and let the song breathe. It's a thoughtful delineation that turns out to be the precursor for a host of inventive ideas that later take a nice turn in a conversation with drummer Luca Santaniello
Luca Santaniello
Luca Santaniello
b.1978
drums
. Pianist Jon Lefcoski is an effortless player in full flow with an agile right hand that finds comportment in effective chord work.

"Action Jackson," written by tenor saxophonist Joe Sucato
Joe Sucato
b.1980
saxophone
, sits in a similar groove. The arrangement ignites a whirlwind exchange between Abadie and Sucato, and the interpolations never flag, as they frame a bagful of ideas with energetic zeal.

The band impresses with its take on standards. Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
's "Hub Nub" serves Abadie's permutations well. He is in his element, creating an energetic atmosphere sustained by Sucato and Lefcoski's compelling piano.

The sublime "La Mesha" reshapes the tapestry bringing to the fore the quintet's strengths on a ballad. Abadie's enunciation is beautiful, a gently flowing string of ideas that give the tune a crystalline presence. Lefcoski is calmly resolute and, with Sucato gearing to the soft beauty, this is a wonderfully warm interpretation.

Abadie calls this Vol. 1 of his quest. Here's looking forward to more.

Track Listing: People on the Hill; Pyramid; Metamorphosis; Funny (Not Much); Action Jackson; Each Time I think Of You; Moon Rays; Hub's Nub; La Mesha.

Personnel: Carlos Abadie: trumpet; Joe Sucato: tenor saxophone; Jon Lefcoski: piano; Jason Stewart: bass; Luca Santaniello: drums.

Record Label: Pursuance Records


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