| Together | Dharma/Vitamin DHR007
No instrument echoes the male voice as closely as the tenorsaxophone,whichlendsitapeculiarimmediacy— especially when played with the blowtorch urgency that Matthew Ottignon likes to apply. Ottignon has been part of Java Quartet for a nudge over half of the band’s 20-year life, gouging stark rents in the pastel-hued surface of the more introspective music that leader/composer/bassist Michael Galeazzi, pianist Greg Coffin and drummer Mike Quigley instinctively make together. This is not a value judgement. Productive artistic collaborations are often forged by combining ostensibly oppositional forces rather than by aligning perfectly compatible aesthetic sensibilities. Several of Galeazzi’s new compositions are among his best, playing to the band’s strength of creating journey-like narratives. Broadening the sonic scope on some tracks are tabla player Bobby Singh and rapper Morganics.