Multi-reed ace Craig Yaremko’s third outing as a leader provides a rather intense and multifaceted glimpse of modern jazz. With his foil and trumpeter Nathan Eklund, the music iterated here spawns a wide-open vista sans a chord-based instrument. Here, the quartet generates old-school late night jam motifs to complement a few impacting bump/grind and shuffle grooves, nicely enamored by the hornists’ precision-oriented unison lines.
The frontline soloists’ articulate, fluent and forceful phrasings are designed with roomy attributes. Simply stated, they don’t step on each other’s toes. And the crack rhythm section is quite noticeably up for the occasion by providing the intuitive and sympathetic support.
They weave in and out of the variable rhythmic metrics while engaging in lyrically-rich storylines. And Yarameko’s cool and silky-smooth soprano sax lines on the piece "Topwise," preambles a sequence of knotty choruses and gradually ascending theme-building exercises. Otherwise, they remove some of the sugar-coating off The Beatles’ beloved ballad, "Michelle while maintaining the familiar theme amid the improvisational segments."
The quartet’s divergent attack also includes a blue and sanguine spin on Monk’s "Ruby, My Dear." Regardless, Yaremko and Eklund’s shrewdly placed dynamics and generation of some high-heat plays an important role throughout this irrefutably entertaining studio set. In effect, the leader professes gobs of vision and an advanced jazz vernacular on this top-flight effort.