Ralph Alessi: Baida

The angular and atmospheric compositions are strong in melody, dart at angles and have a playful edge

Ralph Alessi’s angular and atmospheric compositions are strong in melody, dart at angles and, like the leader’s warm, tightly focused trumpet, have a playful edge.

The repeated motif of “Gobble Goblins” conjures a surreal village dance, “Shank” is an unfolding riff-supported dialogue between trumpet and piano and the title track is named after a toddler’s name for a blanket.

Bold interplay and great solos from Alessi and pianist Jason Moran, and flawless support from Drew Gress and Nasheet Waits on bass and drums. Highly recommended.

Ralph Alessi

Baida

(ECM)

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