musicians have a certain resemblance to star chefs. Their
outstanding position is based on talent and a lot of passion. When
three musical greats come together, then we experience an event of
a special kind, fusion jazz in the truest sense of the word.
Otmaro Ruiz, Jimmy Branly, and Jimmy Haslip form Elemental.
On the new album Otmaro Ruiz performs piano, Fender Rhodes and
synths, Jimmy Branly drums, and Jimmy Haslip electric bass. Ruiz
has written all tracks with the exception of Boomtown,
which is from the Yellowjackets album Mint Jam (2001).
The aptly titled introduction A Good Start presents
three of the most talented contemporary jazz players on the
scene in a breathtaking action. Otmar Ruiz keeps the music flowing
on synth and keys while Branly and Haslip provide the right
rhythmic frame for it.
Greed is Ruiz next artful
manipulation of tones in fusion transformation with
impressionistic improvisation. The rhythm enhanced Dig
stimulates with syncopated sound sequences. Boomtown is
from the second live album Mint Jam of the jazz group
Yellowjackets released in 2001. The new interpretation on this
album is more courageous and more eager to experiment in a fusion
of post bop. Especially the long drum and key solos give this tune
the additional punch.
Whoever has imagination will be
beamed to the Middle Kingdom with Red Wall. The band
interrupts their current contemporary jazz program with Low
Row for an excursion into the hard bop realm. The Waiting
Game is one of the creative apex of Otmaro's jazz addicted
career. Part Time Smart is a further selection of the
fusion jazz DNA this trio has to offer.
wafts along the shores of gloom producing tales of imagination
with smoldering intensity. Surreptitious Moves starts
with an intense drum solo drifting into clenched atonality of
Elemental by Otmaro Ruiz, Jimmy Branly, and Jimmy Haslip
is for die hard fans of fusion jazz, an elite circle of jazz
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Branly, Ruiz, Haslip
Genre: Fusion Jazz
Label: Blue Canoe Records
1 A Good Start 4:35
2 Greed 5:12
3 Dig 6:06
5 Red Wall (Va a Caer) 7:55
6 Low Row 5:17
Waiting Game 4:50
8 Part Time Smart 6:26
9 Dark Waters
10 Surreptitious Moves 4:55