Bryan Doherty

Rigamarole

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Rigamarole features electric bass, keyboards, and the swirls of the guitar with saxophone where the melody remains dominant and the band's focus gets rolled up into a contemporary Jazz bag. Bryan Doherty's music has been described as Quiet Storm and contemporary Fusion; however, both terms have become extinct over the years and have seldom been mentioned in the same breath as art. Fashioned after a dreamy Weather Report incantation, the program begins with "Zigurat," which leaves a Smooth Jazz aftertaste. "No Mode" and most of the original session waffles between a smooth and easy texture when the ensemble plays as one, and a more robust Fusion when the solos come into play. "Corned Beef" lets the band create a soulful Funk diatribe while "Around the Block in Glendals" limits the six-piece band to casual melodic drifting. The sound of Rhodes piano, tenor sax, and electric guitar colors each selection with animated authority while bass and drums capture a rhythmic groove. However, the program depends too often on smooth melodic refrains and dream sequences. Doherty enjoys the pleasure of thrumming his way around each theme but does not care to step into the spotlight except on "Cluj-Napoca," where he provides a thrilling wah-wah solo spot. Elsewhere, his deep thunder comes along quiet but steady and he has no tricks to bare. He prefers to interpret his compositions as a team member and to allow his front line to take care of business.






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