Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Andrew J. Sammut
An active part of the jazz scene in New York's Capital District, Brian Patneaude's fifth album shows off his originality and depth as a tenor saxophonist and composer. The six original compositions and two covers on All Around Us were "inspired by people, places and events" in Patneaude's life, adding a personal gravity to the assured musicianship on display.
Listing Michael Brecker, David Sanborn and Hank Mobley among his influences, Patneaude plays with an attractively big, warm tone, more guts than metal. On "Orb," Patneaude's soulful tenor builds dramatically before a pared down statement of the chanting melody closes this heartfelt tribute to Patneaude's friend and drummer, Danny Whelchel. His lines are intricate but never include extraneous notes, best illustrated on the wistful 6/8 memoir "Lake Timeless." ... read more...
All About Jazz - Jeff Dayton-Johnson
On All Around Us, Albany, New York saxophonist Brian Patneaude's solid quartet delivers a high energy, straight-ahead jazz date.
As a saxophonist, Patneaude solos transparently and has a bright sound, set off by a hard-edged technical competence that will remind some of Michael Brecker, as on the complicated line of "Blucocele." On Bronislaw Kaper's "Invitation," Patneaude is admirably unfazed by the celebrated 1958 John Coltrane reading of the tune on Standard Coltrane (Prestige, 1962). Patneaude the composer provides compelling settings for the quartet. His harmonic progressions suggest a moving forward, a seeking (not unlike some Coltrane compositions). He favors swirling bop-derived themes and a variety in time signatures, all of which keeps things interesting.
The pace on All Around Us largely varies between mid-tempo and just-this-side-of frenetic, a function of the slightly unsettled compositions and drummer Danny Whelchel's alert, ahead-of-the-beat style. The manic main theme of "Double Trio" is a well-executed example of the hard-driving aspect of the set, as are "Aimless Antithesis" and "Blucocele" whereas "Orb" marks the more contemplative end of the spectrum here. ... read more...