Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pavees Dance Sean Noonan 2014

One of the most progressive and ground breaking drummers since Max Roach

Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com

Beatnik chic? Maybe...A percussive story line packing a real deal punch of power finds drummer / composer / storyteller Sean Noonan exploring the often ignored spoken word creativity of lyrical direction intertwined with more traditional instrumentation. With perhaps the exception of Tony Adamo there are painfully few artists that can pull this off and with such a high degree of proficiency, enter Sean Noonan.

Noonan is joined by bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and guitarist Aram Bajakian. What seperates Noonan from the rest of his contemporaries would be the innate gift of storytelling. Pavees Dance concludes the critically acclaimed "A Gambler's Hand" which tells the story of Finny Finnegan as he is trapped behind a wall. Eleven instrumentals and one spoken word piece are rather cerebral yet the textural aspect of Noonan's prolific talent elevates an interesting release to wildly engaging.

The music of Sean Noonan is more than a traditional drummer brings to the table. This is progressive art that utilizes virtually every medium and with an imaginative and creative excellence rarely seen. You don't really review Sean Noonan, you experience him.