...an impressive display of musical virtuosity.
From wide open free-jazz explorations to moments approaching classical chamber music, trumpeter Walt Blanton, pianist Tony Branco and drummer John Nasshan improvise their way through all manner of moods and soundscapes on their first recording as a trio. Long a dominant member of the Las Vegas jazz scene, Blanton has performed and recorded with Charlie Haden, Henry Mancini, Woody Herman, James Brown and the New World Brass Quintet among many others.
1 Monuments 7:40
2 Song Without Words 4:28
3 Suite for Lulu 15:01
4 Life Force 12:20
5 Alone 3:48
6 Lester Rides Again 9:37
7 In and Out 7:03
WALT BLANTON - trumpet
TONY BRANCO - piano
JOHN NASSHAN - drums
Produced by Walt Blanton
Recorded & mixed by Gil Kaupp
July 19, 2006, UNLV Studios, Las Vegas
Mastered by Gil Kaupp
Cover photo by John Snelgrove
Musician photography by Ginger Bruner
Cover design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
"Las Vegas isn't known for its jazz scene. That doesn't mean there aren't jazz players though. Origin dug up an excellent trumpeter at UNLV, and he brought a couple of musical comrades along. The trio plays through an entirely improvised session, covering a lot of musical ground. The album opens with a building trumpet line moving into a thumping p ...
All About Jazz (John Barron)
The notion of forming a group with the intention of playing completely improvised music is something that Las Vegas trumpeter Walt Blanton says has always fascinated him. While the concept of performing free-form jazz is nothing new, it is a bold move for an artist, like Blanton, not usually associated with the genre. After experimenting with s ...
JazzTimes, July/August 2008 (Forrest Dylan Bryant)
Listeners who associate the concept of free improvisation with harsh chaos or impenetrable obscurity will be pleasantly surprised by this Las Vegas-based trio, which wanders amiably through seven open-ended yet even-tempered pieces. This grounding is largely due to drummer Johhn Nasshan, who sticks closely to bop-based rhythms and keeps even the kn ...