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Pat's sophomore release entitled "Back Home" featuring musicians such as Ralph Peterson, Terell Stafford and Wayne Escoffery will be released on the "Doodlin Records" label in April 2010. Pat has also partnered his talents with renowned drummer Ralph Pete
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outstanding compositions and a breezy music atmosphere that help serves up a
an straight-ahead jazz collage, Pat Bianchi again proves on this one that he can
electrify critics and listeners alike with this uncanny first class masterwork. Back
Home, released in 2010, features a visually impressive listening experience that
is packed with stunning musicianship and fresh new organ virtuosity performed
at a fascinating tone done with sheer serendipity. What even make Back Home
an arresting tour de force is he switches from his trio format to a combo settings
and brings his Hammond B-3 artistry to thrilling heights by exploring new direct-
ions. Featuring a set of fresh new standard takes starting with John Coltrane’s
Fifth House, it concludes really well with Ornette Coleman’s Blues Connotation,
Chick Corea’s Lithia, Just In Time and even his breezy original title track. What
makes Back Home an ironic hit is the way he performs on a C-3 Church Organ,
while he heads two bands--Group A featuring the young highly acclaimed tenor
saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, the dynamic jazz drummer Ralph Peterson, and
trumpeter Terrell Stafford sits in as they perform on some tracks, while Group B
feature his trademark trio regularly sits in on other tracks as they whip up a solo
interplay. Back Home is a landmark in the Hammond B-3 Organ repertoire and
hailed as another of his finest achievements, one that will truly give you a touch
of just and lasting satisfaction and remain as vibrant and up to date as ever.
Bianchi has steadily been building a catalog of recordings as leader and sideman and this may be his best. It should immediately be evident upon the take-no-prisoners opener - Coltrane's "Fifth House". Bianchi gets right in to a solid single-note solo building in intensity until a final chord opens the path for Hekselman's thrilling statements. Intorre provides catapulting sounds on the drums that keeps this burner smoking. The guitar trio format continues with a more relaxed "Midnight Mood". The group also performs the balladic "Portrait of Jenny" and an unusually slowed-down and re-fashioned version of "Just In Time".
The trumpet and tenor group prevails upon a stirring treatment of Chick Corea's exotic line "Litha", the airy and melodious title track "Back Home", Ornette Coleman's gnarly "Blues Connotation" and Wayne Shorter's march-like "Hammer Head" as well as a short take of "Fifth House". What really knocks me out about this group is Wayne Escoffery's tenor playing - the best that I have heard from him. He seems to be absolutely on fire during this recording session, in total control and full of well-realized ideas. Stafford has a fine tone at the trumpet and is in great form, really digging in with some nice bars on the title tune. Drummer Ralph Peterson is so good that it is ridiculous - he's one of those cats who can keep time and solo all the while - like a Blakey, Chambers or Victor Lewis. His style is crisp, exuberant and adds a whole dimension to the music. Hearing him punch Escoffery's wild solo with Bianchi adding chordal touches during "Blues Connotation" is a highlight.
Bianchi himself is less prone to use the dynamic effects of the organ as to explore its tonal capacities in single note runs and occasional chording accents, although he does entertain the notion of those thrilling sustained chords on occasion, such as upon "Hammer Head". This album is a winner with variety and chops a-plenty.