Corey Christiansen has arrived with one of the most satisfying soul-jazz recordings of the year.
From the clean, rapid-fire soloing of the opening track, to the edgy guitar sounds of "Sideways," guitarist Corey Christiansen exploits the nuances of the instrument, while showcasing an expansive compositional palette on "Roll With It," his third recording as a leader. Christiansen explores a set of originals firmly planted in the soul-jazz tradition yet with a modern improvisational group aesthetic.
Featuring NY-based organist Pat Bianchi, Seattle drummer Matt Jorgensen, and tenor saxophonist David Halliday.
"...a superb guitarist who has developed his own approach..." - Jazz Improv.
1 Your Way 6:34
2 I'll Just Wait 7:24
3 Roll With It 9:39
4 Steele 5:24
5 Kaiya's Dance 9:51
6 Sideways 5:00
7 Half Pay 9:48
Recorded February 8 & 9, 2008 at June Audio, Provo, Utah
Engineered & Mixed by Scott Wiley
Mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering, Seattle, WA
Band photography by Scott Wiley
Cover Design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
An excellent modern soul-jazz outing, Roll with It marks guitarist Corey Christiansen's second outing as a bandleader, and showcases some outstanding playing by the quartet. The pieces are all straightforward soul-jazz compositions, all from the pen of Christiansen, and all give the players, a motley crew from around the country, room to stretch ou ...
All About Jazz.com (C. Michael Bailey)
If jazz is America's soundtrack, periodically updated by tonal seismic shifts, then Corey Christiansen's third release, Roll With It, is one such shift. Imagine a Grant Green-Jimmy Smith-Stanley Turrentine 1960s triumvirate (had one existed) buffed to an early 21st Century digital sheen, greasy easy on the pork fat, hard on the omega-3s and what yo ...
Audiophile Audition (Jan P. Dennis)
Coming out of the very legato, melodic school of electric guitar jazz characterized by players like Jimmy Bruno, John Basile, and the brilliant but underrecorded Helio Delmiro (whom he most resembles), Corey Christiansen in his third outing as leader has created something very special. As both an educator and clinician as well as performer and rec ...
JazzTimes, Jan/Feb 09 (Will Smith)
Those with a taste for grits and gravy in their musical diet will find a lot to savor on Roll With It. And while this group looks like a typical organ trio with tenor on the side, it packs a tangy flavor due to the solid and inspired musicianship of the participants, most of them living in the general area of the Pacific Northwest. Lead guitarist C ...