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Place of Resonance by Rob Garcia

The title of this CD is "Place of Resonance" - subtitled "A state of being where one feels a connection to life and the universe." A quick look up (courtesy of "Dictionary.com") defines the word "resonance" as - richness or significance, especially in evoking an association or strong emotion. Indeed as I listened to this CD the first time and each subsequent time I found myself first really having to think about the music, then finding myself immersed in the rich melodies of sound on "Place of Resonance."

Rob Garcia, who grew up in suburban New York, did not start playing an instrument until he was 16 years old. Despite the strong influence of his dad, a full time architect, and part time bass player, it seems that Garcia's diverse interests including studying to be a holistic healer has opened up a wide array of music styles to Garcia.

During the last 10 years, Garcia has provided his drumming skills to an eclectic and diverse assortment of musical ensembles including the Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz band. He has performed at Blue Note, Iridium, Knitting Factory, Birdland, and the JVC Jazz Festival.

At times the music on this CD is a bit challenging to listen to, in terms of the amount of creative improvisation taking place on most of the cuts. Place of Resonance has 10 compositions, nine of which are original Garcia compositions plus Duke Ellington's "Fleurette African." Acting as both arranger and musician Rob has chosen to put together a great set of music that highlights the collective and individual strengths of the group.

He says that the songs on the CD are personally meaningful and I guess they must be with titles like "My Cats are Gone," "Somewhere along the Path [but where?]" and "Dibs [for my sweetie]." Garcia showcases him skills through a few short solos on three of the 10 cuts including "Quicksand," "REM" and "Dibs." Be sure to check out Rob's drumming on "(A jump in) Quicksand [sinking into self-induced stress]" accompanied primarily by Gentile's flute. Fans of the violin playing of Mir Ben-Ari will love "Rem" with both Garcia and Ben-Ari absolutely cranking through the number with Kikoski filling in the piano. Finally the group performs an excellent rendition of Duke's "Fleurette African" supported with the haunting tones from Gentile on the flute and the strong tenor sax of Renzi.

On the liner notes Rob invites the listener to "have an experience of yourself, to go beyond listening with just your ears and interest." The same goes for me. Give a listen to "Place" - I think you will like it.

A note on Consolidated Artists Productions. CAP is a very unique production label in that it is owned and operated by the same artists who record for the label. Consolidated Artists Production was founded by pianist, composer, and producer Mike Longo.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Rob Garcia
  • CD Title: Place of Resonance
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: CAP
  • Musicians: Michel Gentile (Flute); Matt Renzi (Tenor Sax- Tracks 1-5, 7, 10); Miri Ben-Ari (Violin- Tracks 6,8,9); Dave Kikoski (Piano- Tracks 1,3,5,6,8,9); Michael Formanek (Bass); Rob Garcia (Drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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