Pete Zimmer: Prime of Life

For his fifth project on his own label, drummer-composer Pete Zimmer recruited some heavy hitters in saxophonist George Garzone, guitarist Peter Bernstein and bassist Peter Slavov. Together they swing amiably through six Zimmer originals and three tunes by Garzone. A flexible rhythmist, Zimmer conjures a loping, insinuating groove on the laidback title track that falls somewhere between a batucada and a calypso (with a touch of Vernel Fournier’s “Poinciana” beat thrown into the mix). “One for GG,” an uptempo swinger with some tricky stop-time drum fills in the angular head, exhibits Garzone in all-out burn mode, spurred on by Zimmer’s crisp polyrhythmic sizzle. For a change of pace there’s the beautiful ballad “Tranquility,” underscored by the drummer’s supple brushwork, and the cool bossa “Almost Home.”