Archive for January 8th, 2014

Adam Rongo – Tell Your Story

When people in a particular community, or of a certain demographic, become the subject of another’s creative work, the word is often given: “If you don’t tell your story, someone else will.” Saxophonist Adam Rongo takes that to heart with Tell Your Story (D Clef Records, 2013).

Rongo plays alto and tenor saxes. His band consists of Michael Dease, trombone; Emmet Cohen, piano; Rodney Whitaker, bass; and Ulysses Owens Jr., drums. The horn trio of Anthony Stanco, trumpet, Tim Mayer, tenor sax, and Tony Lustig, trombone, appear on three songs. Other musicians appearing here and there are Etienne Charles, trumpet; Randy Napoleon, guitar; Behn Gillece, vibraphone; Miki Hayama, piano (“Good & Terrible”); and Evan Sherman, drums (“Fifty-Six”).

The band brings a bright, delightfulness to “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” The rhythm section is in a tight groove behind Rongo’s tenor. Listen for Owens’ deft stick work underneath the piano during the middle passage.

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