Tales of Time and Space
Paul Grabowsky's Tales of Time and Space (Sanctuary) is an all-star session with a difference. The difference is that the imported heavy hitters-saxophonists Joe Lovano (tenor) and Branford Marsalis (soprano) and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts-are remarkably well integrated into this sextet, and selflessly dedicated to the realization of Grabowsky's compositions and charts and group concepts. The other players are bassist Ed Schuller and the impressive (especially given the fast company) Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler.
Grabowsky himself is a major presence on the Australian music scene, in jazz and many other genres. He writes alluring songs, graceful yet surprising, full of inspired intricacies that always resolve. Of course, when it is time for the contexts of counterpoint and the unfolding thematic structures to provoke a solo, it is beyond nice to have Lovano or Marsalis available. Lovano is eloquent about Grabowsky's melody on "Medium Rare," Marsalis' tone on "Wist" is like the purest emanation of the spirit and Watts keeps this high-class project in one long unstoppable power glide.