Julieta Eugenio, Jump, Greenleaf ****

There is no pianist or guitarist so the Argentinian tenor saxophonist Julieta Eugenio has her work cut out but stamps her personality on proceedings. With bassist Matt Dwonszyk springy and convincing throughout and a spirited drummer who we have …

Published: 5 Mar 2022. Updated: 9 months.

There is no pianist or guitarist so the Argentinian tenor saxophonist Julieta Eugenio has her work cut out but stamps her personality on proceedings. With bassist Matt Dwonszyk springy and convincing throughout and a spirited drummer who we have been pushing on this site for a while in Jonathan Barber this is a strong showing and the more introspectively Eugenio journeys say on 'For You' the greater the impact is. Definitely a less-is-more sort of record the sound is very natural and there is very little production to get in the way of its direct appeal. Eugenio is big on tone and letting the sax sing out the melody that she is so adept at developing in the improvisation. A track like 'Flamingo' develops out of so little with bassist and drummer doing so much to kindle the beat and deft rhythmic slant that runs in parallel behind the sax line. A new name to many it seems almost compulsory to get to know Eugenio as word of mouth spreads.

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Straightahead heaven here it's not at all rash to suggest. The only thing to do here when the track ends is to play it again. With a Rolls-Royce of a band you feel you have stepped into a world that does not exist any more, the sort of theme that …

Published: 5 Mar 2022. Updated: 9 months.

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Straightahead heaven here it's not at all rash to suggest. The only thing to do here when the track ends is to play it again. With a Rolls-Royce of a band you feel you have stepped into a world that does not exist any more, the sort of theme that used to pop up on TV shows and films in the 1970s. There's an effortlessless, a swinging empathy and the feel is just perfect from trombonist Steve Davis here with a who's who of the straightahead scene, guitarist Peter Bernstein, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Willie Jones III. I can't wait to hear the rest of the record which is out in May on the Smoke Sessions label. SG