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David Weiss and Point of Departure
David Weiss – Trumpet, Myron Walden – Tenor Sax, Ben Eunson – Guitar, Nir Felder – Guitar, Matt Clohesy – Bass, Kush Abadey – Drums
“The music is abstract, mysterious and aggressive. Pulsating swing jockeys with a multiplicity of broken rhythms. Dark, modal harmony, a hide-and-go-seek beat and overlapping meters blur the border between freedom and form.” – Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
“This is spirited music, emotionally engaged on a deep level. Glorious.” – Marcus O’Dair, The Arts Desk
“Pulse-quickening live set. They feel as sharp and potent as the quickening breeze from an approaching storm.” – Forrest Dylan Bryant, Jazz Times
In 2010, the New York-born Weiss, and his formidable ensemble – consisting of JD Allen on tenor saxophone, bassist Matt Clohesy, guitarist Nir Felder and drummer Jamire Williams – released ‘Snuck In,’ the group’s critically acclaimed Sunnyside debut, recorded at the Jazz Standard on March 25, 2008. The follow-up CD, ‘Snuck Out,’ consists of selections from the group’s second set from the same night, featuring the music of Charles Tolliver, Charles Moore, Wayne Shorter, and one selection composed by the leader.
“Point of Departure for the most part, performs continuous sets with each tune morphing into the next so each set is more of a complete statement than a collection of individual tunes,” Weiss says. “This is how we wanted to present this music on these two CDs, live, just as it naturally unfolded in the club that night.
Weiss, a fearless improviser who is well-versed in the modern trumpet tradition – from Freddie Hubbard and Booker Little to Don Cherry and Woody Shaw – and co-founder of The New Composers Octet, aurally illustrates his approach to jazz ensemble improvisation by breathing new life into these sixties-era selections, thanks to Williams’ light-speed drumming, Clohesy’s sure-footed basslines, and Felder’s twangy and textured guitar lines. The opening number, “Revillot,” is one of Charles Tolliver’s oldest pieces, and was released on Jackie McLean’s album, It’s Time (dig Allen’s sly quote of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman.”). “Charles is one of the people who showed me the light and got me in the mind set that made this band possible, Weiss says. “Strive to be the best musician possible, always move forward and do it with passion and conviction. Go for the jugular and mean it.”
Snuck Out is a daring and dynamic recording that captures an exciting jazz ensemble at the height of their improvisational powers. “We are trying to blur the lines between the composition and the improvising,” Weiss says. “The improvising is more based on the tune, more of a theme and variation thing than a head, solo, head thing so one can continue on after the melody has been stated and people can think it is still part of the melody or vice versa.”