Bufe solos with fleetness and flexibility...his sophisticated compositions frequently steer the listener in unexpected directions en route to enlightening destinations.
With an ongoing residency at Chicago's famed Fitzgerald's over the last five years, saxophonist Jarod Bufe took the opportunity to develop a body of new compositions while honing an intuitive group aesthetic with this band of top-flight Chicago artists. Written during a period of life changes, Bufe's tunes convey all the emotions that implies, but through the creative rhythmic vitality generated by drummer Jon Deitemyer and bassist Matt Ulery, the feeling of hope and of the ongoing search is never lost. Guitarist Tim Stine's improvisatory approach with surprising, unfurling lines, beside his understated chordal accompaning of Bufe's tradition-rich lyricism, defines this very personal and conversational session.
1. Pushing Back the Darkness 6:16
2. In the Next Room 5:22
3. Begin Again 5:34
4. Just Not Him 5:44
5. Basement Reality 5:43
6. Possibilities 6:18
7. Climbing 6:16
8. The Journey 4:51
All music by Jarod Bufe, Basement Reality Music, ASCAP
Produced by Jarod Bufe & Quin Kirchner
Recorded by Vijay Tellis-Nayak
at Transient Studios, Chicago, IL
on Feb. 9, 2017
Mixed & mastered by Brian Schwab
at Schwab Music, Chicago, IL
Photos by Ryan Bennett
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Downbeat (Bobby Reed)
EDITOR'S PICK / JUNE 2018 During the last several years, tenor saxophonist Jarod Bufe - long known in the Windy City for his expertise as a horn repairman - has developed a body of exquisite original compositions for the quartets and trios he leads at Chicago-area venues like FitzGerald's and Elastic Arts. New Spaces is the debut album by Bufe's q ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Music and tunes birthed in the eclectic sidebar of a well known Americana road house, smoking jazz can emerge from unlikely places as long as the air is nurturing. A Chicago sax player playing like a New Yorker let's his cool school admiration parade in fine form. Backed by Chicago's incipient A team on the rise, this is a right on set for the ja ...
Jazz Weekly (George Harris)
Jarod Bufe plays it muscular on a spacious quartet outing with Tim Stine/g, Matt Ulery/b and Jon Deitemyer/dr. Bufe does an impressive arm wrestle with Deitmyer on the duet "The Journey" with wondrous sparks flying, while the drummer's ride cymbal coaxes the pulse on a percolating "Begin Again" and a gently cadenced "basement Reality." Bufe works h ...
KUCI, Irvine (Hobart Taylor)
Honey rolling down hill. Delicate finish of an ancient claret. The refreshed feeling waking from a pleasant but unremembered dream. Jarod Bufe on tenor sax, Tim Stine, guitar, Matt Ulery, bass, Jon Deitemeyer, drums. ...