Summoning the skill to create a fresh perspective can be a daunting task for any seasoned musician. By looking not only to the past, but more so the future, the Jim Gailloreto Quintet aspires to create music that has depth and roots, but still sounds contemporary and fun. The veteran saxophonist is a skilled musician in the Chicago and has been involved in works with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, as well as performances with emerging jazz contemporaries such as Patricia Barber, Kurt Elling, and Deanna Witkowski.
Gailloreto is a seasoned musician and the recording reveals this in many ways. His tenor purrs with deep feeling on selections such as the mellow "Come Sunday." He delivers staccato bursts on the hip opener “Four Brothers" as the rhythm section cooks through the melody. His quintet offers solid musicianship with creative touches and snazzy rhythms such as the 'Orleans flavored “Shakin Loose” and the complex “Lennies Pennies,” which features nice tandem soloing lines by Gaillareto and pianist Erik Montzka. Bassist Larry Kohut and drummer Eric Montzka add color as well as substance on every track with spot solos and nice interplay.
"The Insider" features funky, energetic, and modernistic persuasions such as the open and effective usage of slide guitar on "Andante." There’s a nice twist on the Ellington’s timeless “Mood Indigo” as bassist Steve Million and guitarist McLean deliver a dreamy harmony that is quite unique. With a forward-thinking mindset and equal amounts of style and skill, Jim Gailloreto's quintet makes The Insider a solid recording.