Drummer Joey Baron’s a more versatile percussionist than one might expect considering his reputation; he’s certainly earned avant-garde spurs for his work with the likes of John Zorn and Tim Berne, but he’s also turned in capable, sympathetic stints with Jim Hall and Toots Thielmans. Still, his Down Home CD surprised many fans a couple of years ago with its emphasis on midtempo grooves and a somber, rather than surging quality. We’ll Soon Find Out could be considered the sequel; Baron’s utilizing the identical personnel in his Down Home Band, featuring the invigorating alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, chameleon guitarist Bill Frisell and remarkable veteran bassist Ron Carter. Baron penned all nine selections, mostly writing tunes that lack either simple rhythms or stark melodies. These aren’t tentative, detached numbers that won’t immediately bowl you over; Baron and company present music that’s equally cerebral and tasty, inventive, expertly played and nicely engineered, fully capturing the keen interaction between Carter, Baron and Frisell.
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