Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

John Patitucci: Now

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

John Patitucci’s second album since moving back to New York features some heavy hitters in ace drummer Bill Stewart, guitarist John Scofield and tenor saxophonists Chris Potter and Michael Brecker. The overall mood of Patitucci’s compositions is greatly informed by Stewart’s loose, interactive approach to the kit. Whether he’s providing a surging pulse on aggressive swingers like the opening title track, cutting up the beat in idiosyncratic ways as on “Grace” and “Forgotten but Not Gone” or creatively coloring the groove from bar to bar with hip time displacement and counter rhythms as on “Out of the Mouths Of Babes,” Stewart tweaks the proceedings in signature fashion. And these monster players respond with some brilliant solos.

Potter acquits himself nicely on the two uptempo burners, “Now” and “Espresso,” and on the loping blues “Forgotten but Not Gone,” all of which recall Scofield’s former band with Stewart, Dennis Irwin and Joe Lovano. Brecker appears on two tracks, offering urgent, searching statements on the hauntingly delicate “Hope,” which is underscored by Stewart’s zen-like use of brushes and mallets, and bearing down with gritty abandon on “Labor Day.” Patitucci himself digs in just a little deeper on this funky vehicle, hooking up with Bill’s insinuating, laid back shuffle groove before launching into a blues-drenched solo of his own. Scofield’s nasty comping and wicked, bent-string soloing here comes directly from his encounter with Medeski, Martin & Wood on A Go Go. He also engages Brecker in some playfully ‘out’ exchanges at the tag.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.