THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Paul Van Ross
Another rattling release from Rattle sees Australian tenor and soprano sax player Paul Van Ross, who's heading this way in March, in fine form in a variety of settings.
The title track opens up proceedings with a slithering funky snake-like rhythm and some great call-and-response solo-ing by Van Ross, guitarist Craig Fermanis and the wonderful Kim Kelaart, on organ.
As a composer, Van Ross has a strong musical palette that's rooted in traditional swing and progressive cool, where a track such as the poetic ballad Uncle DJ, is as tight-knit as chainmail with the elasticity of Lycra, while there's a touch of the Crusaders and early period George Benson in the Sam Rivers-inspired Off With The Fairies.
The album was recorded live at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne and the session runs so intuitively no one needs to pass the buck