Portand, Oregon tenor saxophonist Dusty York demonstrates a natural approach to jazz improvisation on his latest disc, Cinema 57. The recording showcases York’s uncanny ability to instantaneously expand on the nuances of melodic and rhythmic fragments.
The quiet beauty of the opening track, "Cinema 57," establishes the basic premise for the disc: emphasis on a recurring theme that melds effortlessly into a stretch of subdued, free-blowing, loosely adhering to the harmonic foundation of each piece. York takes simple, yet effective motifs for an extended ride down a musical highway full of twists and turns. Bassist Justin Durrie and drummer Ken Paine follow closely, providing an evolving rhythmic rumble. The disc’s six tracks, all composed by York, swing hard, and range in pace from hard driving ("Prince of Poverty," "Giacomo"), to bouncy ("Little People," "Two Pump Chump").
On "Giacomo," "Two Pump Chump" and "Night People," Keith Brush takes over the bass chair and York’s father, tenor saxophonist Michael York, joins the fun. The dueling tenor sound livens up the mood with tight unison passages and spontaneous interaction between father and son.
Both Durrie and Brush emphasize the bottom-end of the bass with meaty, lyrical lines. Paine’s drumming propels the music forward, at times bobbing-and-weaving, but never too far off course.