Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dave Sumner
Zygomatik has the fiery groove of classic hard bop, but it's not that simple. There is a rock attitude to this album, and it's got a Motown sway. This is the kind of album that can be pointed to as a celebration of jazz and an album that will be liked by people for whom jazz really ain't their thing. It's an album with complex elements and modulating sounds, but which hits the ears with a seamless cohesion.
These are the characteristics that repeat throughout: swagger, speed, groove and fire.
The opening track has it's-Friday-night-in the-city electricity and all the instruments want to celebrate. The second track is a sprint down a packed street during rush hour. The third begins with the drone of bass arco and baritone sax moan, but ends with an inferno. The fourth track is a trippy ballad. The fifth is a thump and a bounce and a groove. The sixth track is the funk and it's gonna get feet out on the dance floor. The seventh prowls up on Indo-jazz territory but remains shrouded in mystery. The album ends with some bop as a proper send-off.
Personnel: Piet Verbist (double bass); Bram Weijters (Fender Rhodes piano); Herman Pardon (drums).
Audio Mixer: Floyd Reitsma.
Recording information: Giraf Studio, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium (04/22/2010); IDmix Studio, Schoten, Belgium (04/22/2010); Giraf Studio, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium (11/13/2010); IDmix Studio, Schoten, Belgium (11/13/2010).
Photographer: John Bishop .