One-Track mind, 2019

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April’s issue of JazzTimes by Jeff Tamarkin

Having honed their sound over a period of nearly two years, incorporating elements of numerous genres from postbop to blues to Brazilian to gospel, they recorded One-Track Mind in a single, very long day at a studio in Brooklyn. That diversity of influences and approaches works in their favor. No two songs on One-Track Mind sound alike, yet there’s a consistent vibe in their collective vision throughout. “Everyone has such a different voice and such a different experience that we can bring that to the table,” Mateo says.

“It’s a huge melting pot of music,” Howell adds. “We blend well together. We tried some different spices and out came a nice soup. It’s five young cats trying to express themselves in the most honest way we can and I think it works well. With some bands it doesn’t; it can backfire. Eric is really influenced by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center sound, Kenny Garrett and the ’90s young-lion sound. Zach is also influenced by Kenny Garrett and Christian McBride and Liany is a diehard Paul Chambers fan. Luther is influenced by gospel and R&B; one of his teachers is Donald Brown, who he really looks up to. My core saxophonists are Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and Johnny Hodges and I’m deeply rooted in church and African-American spirituals, R&B music…..”

https://jazztimes.com/features/profiles/becoming-quintet-five-one-track-minds/

Reaching out, 2016

Available on iTunes and Amazon

Available on iTunes and Amazon

AllAboutJazz.com review by Mark Corroto 4 out of 5 stars

He seems to always find kindred souls who share in his vision, as shown in previous recordings with the veterans Renee RosnesLewis NashSteve WilsonChristian McBride, and Rodney Whitaker. Here, he recruits two giants of the saxophone Ralph Bowen and Walt Weiskopf to interact with some younger talent—players that have the makings of true believers. 

What we mean by that is Dease prioritizes the happiness in his jazz. Take the opener, Cedar Walton's "Something In Common," or Steve Turre's "Blackfoot." Both are pieces that are overflowing with a joyful swing. The latter composition, modeled after "Cherokee," is delivered at an auctioneer's hyperspeed with Bowen and Dease chasing drummer Zach Adleman's turbocharged tempo. There is a return to the hipness factor in this music. Dease's original, "The Chameleon Eye," grabs memories of Lee Morgan's funkiness and injects some Herbie Hancock-like rhythm-intensive lines. The composition features the young and talented vibraphonist Behn Gillece (check out his Walk Of Fire (2017))....

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/reaching-out-michael-dease-posi-tone-records-review-by-mark-corroto.php

Presidential Suite, 2016 -Grammy winner-

Available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon

Available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon

KARL ACKERMANN   

AllAboutJazz.com review by Karl Ackermann 5 stars

As we live through the most contentious and divisive political cycle in US history, the Ted Nash Big Band Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom couldn't be more relevant. The significance hits home quickly and pointedly as former Connecticut State Senator Joe Lieberman follows the opening "Overture" with words of JFK that say, in part: ..."civility is not a weakness...." 

Nash is well known for his role in Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, an association that dates back more than fifteen years. Under his namesake Big Band, Nash had released the critically acclaimed Chakra (Plastic Sax Records, 2013) and some half-dozen leader dates. Highly regarded as both a saxophonist and composer, Nash is a GRAMMY® Award-nominated composer and arranger as well as a multi-reedist. More importantly, he has long displayed a creative intellect that goes beyond the music to explore broader issues....

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/presidential-suite-eight-variations-on-freedom-ted-nash-motema-music-review-by-karl-ackermann.php