Archive for June 8th, 2017

Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr – Landed in Brooklyn

In a way, it’s like a present-day reinvention of mild jazz fusion. But then it’s many other things. Landed in Brooklyn (ACT Music, 2017) by brothers Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr touch several bases, with regard to types of jazz.

The players are Julian Wasserfuhr, trumpet and flugelhorn; Roman Wasserfuhr, piano, marimba and seaboard; Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone; Tim Lefebvre, electric and double bass; and Nate Wood, drums.

“Bernie’s Tune” is a bright, upbeat selection. Though it is its own song, it revisits the type of music that made Chuck Mangione a breakthrough crossover success in 1977. McCaslin duets with Julian, providing a counter melody to the lead. After their dynamic opening sequence, the horns step back, and the piano emerges. The mood for the entire piece, but especially the solos, is ideal for an afternoon, sightseeing drive.

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