With his debut solo outing as a leader, percussionist and first-call session artiste Daniel Sadownick fuses the progressive jazz element with Afro-Cuban cadences, marked by memorable compositions and radiant interplay by the soloists. Sadownick is credited with performing on six Grammy-winning albums and has worked with a divergent conglomerate of bands such as Steely Dan and The Screaming Headless Torsos. Sure enough, he's a busy instrumentalist but he's obviously taken great care and foresight, evidenced on this cohesive program, featuring alto sax great David Binney and other jazz notables.
Fittingly, Sadownick launches the festivities with an Afro-Cuban percussion vamp, which segues into an album that is chock-full of resonating modern jazz motifs. It's all abetted by the leader's uncanny ability to intertwine the world groove percussion component with a noticeable sense of swing, and his intuitive interplay with the rhythm section. He shines as a motivating force throughout.
The various ensembles occasionally sparks remembrances of '60s Blue Note Records fare. However, they convey a sense of newness via revved up bop pieces and knotty time signatures, augmented by the hornists' glistening solo spots and briskly enacted unison choruses. But they temper the flow during the hauntingly beautiful piece titled "A Kiss That Whispers," dappled by Keve Wilson's supple oboe phrasings and topped off by Sadownick's steady, metronome-like pulse. And on "There Will Be A Day," Binney and trumpeter Joe Magnarelli execute a windblown melody in concert with pianist Rob Bargad's lush comping.
They sparks notions of legendary pianist Les McCann with the funky jazz number titled "Paths," led by pianist Rob Bargad who along with Sadownick, reengineer the primary theme. In addition, the percussionist supports vocalist Morley via a duo setting on the finale, "A Prayer For Within." Ultimately, the endeavor pronounces a near flawless union of top-flight ensemble work and solid compositional frameworks. You really can't ask for much more than that.