Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jovan Alexandre Collective Consciousness Xippi 2015

An original talent with mad skills and unlimited potential!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Seems like every tenor player in and around the New York are looking to sound like someone else be it Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane. Jovan Alexandre's debut release is Collective Consciousness and is a showcase for one of the more exciting new artists in some time. All original material that finally came to fruition after serving as a lengthy work in progress. For those not familiar with Alexandre, the resume includes Randy Brecker and Harold Mabern.
The band is a tight knit quintet and compositions that while oddly blues based often are odd metered gems with shifting dynamics and a more open ended sound than similar ensembles. Harmonic gun to the head, Jovan Alexandre has a tone reminiscent of Sonny Rollins yet the harmonic exploratory performed throughout the release is uniquely his own. One cover, "They Say It's Wonderful." The originals clearly steal the show with the punctuated pop of tunes such as "Red Blues" and "Reconnaissance."
New shooters pop up regularly yet Alexandre would seem to be a cut above most of his contemporaries. Valuable contributions are made from the rhythm section composed of Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Taber Gable on piano, Matt Dwonszyk and finally Jonathan Blake on drums.
The real deal!
Tracks: Collective Consciousness; To Music; Stars In The Sky; Yalesville; The Formula; 25.1; They Say It's Wonderful; Red Blues; Reconnaissance