Pianist Lafayette Gilchrist has played with David Murray’s Black Saint Quartet and as a leader. His third disc shows that he knows how to write for a large group. The New Volcanoes’ frontline includes two tenors, two trumpets and an alto, and Gilchrist exploits the combination for some rich sounds, as well as some beautifully dissonant ones. For example, “Detective’s Tip” is Gilchrist’s foray into film noir and the group responds in kind with the latter approach. The title track, which opens the album, is built on a spare, funky groove that begins sounding like a New Orleans riff, a little more Meters than second line.
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