Mitch Marcus Quintet: Countdown 2 Meltdown

Tenor saxophonist Mitch Marcus, made the move from San Francisco to New York to release the quintet’s new CD called Countdown 2 Meltdown.

Along with Mitch Marcus are Sylvain Carlton on alto, Mike Abraham on guitar, George Ban-Weiss on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.

Track one is “Coffee and Cones.” Along with this sort of traditional jazz song is sung “yah, yah, yah, yah” which to some could take away from the overall experience or message the song is trying to portray. Fine solos by Marcus and Carlton.

The title track is a hurried New York style piece. This allows drummer Fujiwara to create a pace and to keep a beat. The dueling saxes are a nice touch. Mike Abraham also adds his own pace with a well thought guitar solo.

In “Wonton” there are elements of an Oriental flavor. If they are put there on purpose than picked up and well received, if not they are disguised enough. Another fast paced song with an Abraham guitar run that certainly adds to the title and keeps it alive, an almost tribute to the East and their culture – sort of sounds like a solo or background music that Tarantino would use in some of his movies

For Mitch Marcus, who is a Long Island native, the move from San Francisco back to New York was not a move into new territory and but his latest album is. The combination of saxes, guitar and steady rhythm section come off quite well. While Countdown 2 Meltdown cooks in some places, it does simmer and cool off in others.