...outstanding original compositions...The pieces are rich, textural, and full of life throughout.
New York-based bassist and composer Aaron Immanuel Wright's dynamic debut recording features the lyrical piano work of Darrell Grant, along with his fellow Portlander on saxophone Tim Wilcox, and the Philadelphia-bred drummer Brian Menendez. Wright penned, or co-wrote all of the music, and arranged the standard "Laura." From the opening bass line of "Something Mainstream," it's clear Wright has ideas that quickly move beyond the mainstream as the band explores his compositions in a truly modern vein. The lush arco tones of Wright's bass, blend with Grant's sensitive piano work on the title track, and the searching melody of "Late Goodbye" has an inspired European jazz aesthetic. On "Eleven Daughters," Wright carries on the tradition of the great jazz bassists - Mingus, Holland, Gress, Formanek - who have a very natural knack of crafting superlative and nuanced ensemble recordings.
1) Something Mainstream 6:58
2) Eleven Daughters 6:12
3) Calling for Casey 7:50
4) Late Goodbye 7:07
5) Sunrise in Quebec 5:39
6) Laura 5:18
7) Ancestry 2:48
Produced by Aaron Immanuel Wright
Recorded live, mixed, & mastered by Billy Oskay
at Big Red Studios, Portland, OR
Recorded on June 10/11, 2009
Recording engineer intern: Nick Angelo
Photography by Rita Deak & Christopher Davison
Cover design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
For Portland bassist Aaron Immanuel Wright, his debut album could just about be mistaken for a Tim Willcox album. Wright's pen is behind the full album, with outstanding original compositions that take in parts from bebop, modal jazz, and post-bop. The pieces are rich, textural, and full of life throughout. However, Wright's bass is somewhat hidden ...
AccessSacramento.com, "The Voice" 88.7FM (Dick Crockett)
Bassist Aaron Immanuel Wright's debut CD indicate a cool rendering where music is demanding, melodic and confrontational, alternating competitive dissonance with translucence. Wright's bass lines are direct with a heavy distinct convulsive sound, learned from playing in many different environments, and with a degree in philosophy and music, perfor ...
Cadence (Jason Bivins)
Eleven Daughters is a nice modern mainstream set, with just the right touch of funk and dissonance to recall some mid-1960s Jackie McLean to my ears. The leader plays with the kind of agile muscularity of, say, Michael Formanek and he pairs really well with Menendez, who crackles throughout. Grant and Willcox are both fairly brooding presences, tho ...
emusic Review (Jayson Greene)
Oh how I do love when a group manages to fuse a sense of danger into a set of pretty tunes. Recalling the talent of Clifford Jordan to bring together the roots of jazz and modern compositions, this quintet of tenor/soprano sax, trumpet, piano, double bass, and drums captures those same qualities for a very cool recording. It swings and it prowls, j ...
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
Wander into the parking lot of a high school marching band field tournament, through a labyrinth school buses and picnic tables, into throngs of young musicians?teenagers in small packs cruising on foot, gossiping, flirting, maybe throwing a football around as a cold November dusk settles in?and there always seems to be a backdrop of percussion, im ...