I like this album a lot. It has spontaneity, excellent musicianship, and cohesiveness. I am placing this in rotation.

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Teri Parker (Piano), Luis Deniz (Alto and Soprano Saxophones), Andrew McAnsh (Trumpet), Mark Godfrey (Double Bass) and Ernesto Cervini (Drums)

Recorded December 19, 2022

Ms. Parker graciously thanks her “… amazing band for making the music on this album come to life.” In part, I believe, the thanks are for the mixture of musicianship, ideas, and support this quartet and quintet offer each other. They weave and intertwine as the best musicians can, producing an album of inventive and varied music. They work towards the edges of their tunes, adding a new level of excitement to each song.

She assembled this Toronto-based working band. Before recording in the studio, they played several live performances. The band features Luis Deniz on alto or soprano saxophone as a classic quartet. Forming the quintet, Andrew McNash joins the band on trumpet. Seven of nine songs are Ms. Parker’s compositions. The album was produced by Parker and saxophonist/husband Luis Deniz.

Tasteful drumming throughout by Cervini. I like how he adapts to tempo changes so adroitly.

I liked the title of the album from the beginning. I thought about the various meanings it might have, and then I read this quote by Parker:

“Music is just sound particles in the air, but it doesn’t exist until you make it exist. The challenge of being a musician is trying to shape something invisible, unlike the way that painting and other artistic mediums produce visible results. What is music? It’s nothing until you conceptualize it and bring it to life.”

“Becoming” opens the album. The song begins with a mournful horn, and the horns join together as they soar above gentle cymbal washes. It transitions into a South American or island tempo. Parker makes her first appearance soloing, unfurling notes throughout the range of the piano. The trumpeter comes in with a solo, with his contemporary sound. The altoist takes a turn playing with sheets of sound. The horns soar again in closing. All in all, it was a satisfying first cut.

“Kitchen Timer Tune” begins with a bass solo that transforms with the band into a Latin groove that makes you want to get up and dance. The trumpeter carries a slippery sound over the infectious toe-tapping beat. The trumpeter hits the jazz highlights, showing us the gamut of sounds the horn can make in the right hands.

“Desolate Places” opens with moody chords and slowly picks up as the soprano gracefully joins in. The song has subdued beauty even as Parker starts up another melody. Deniz, on soprano, has beautiful tone control in this duet. The two play off of each other, one prodding the other to have more variety.

“Segment (Charlie Parker)” is a burner that evokes Parker playing over a modern rhythm section.

“Retrograde (James Blake)” starts as a mournful blues led by the altoist. The band comes in and lightens the mood a bit. His solo is a thing to behold, gracefully gliding over a subdued base. Saxophonist Deniz lifts the mood and reaches for new peaks.

I like this album a lot. It has spontaneity, excellent musicianship, and cohesiveness. I am placing this in rotation.