Brooke Sofferman: Fine Whines

The inventive drummer Brooke Sofferman continually pulls the rhythmic rug out from under his rockin’ bop compositions, sliding between meters with remarkable fluidity as his bandmates, utterly undisturbed by the shifting ground, jam merrily away. Trumpeter Phil Grenadier, saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and guitarist Norm Zocher all sound loose and free as they casually reel off extended solos, grounded by Bruno Raberg’s easygoing bass work. Gleeful side trips into Led Zeppelin and Star Wars underscore the sense of five guys having a good time.