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Dan Pugach Nonet – Plus One – Unit Records

Dan Pugach Nonet – Plus One – Unit Records

A nonet that gives the impression and conviction of a larger group driven by a musically creative drummer. Dan Pugach Nonet – Plus One – Unit Records UTR 4816 52:28*** [Artist and Track List follows] It is generally conceded that the nonet which Miles Davis brought to the Royal Roost club in New York City in September 1948 changed the direction of American Jazz music. The subsequent recordings by this entity in 1949 and 50 under the title Birth Of The Cool cemented the iconic music of what was, in essence, a rehearsal band. Dan Pugach’s Nonet has no such pretensions. It is, nonetheless, a tight knit organization that shows an assertive and imaginative approach to the material recorded on the album  Plus One. With February 16, 2018, release date, the bar has been set high starting with the opening track “Brooklyn Blues” although is has more a Crescent City second line vibe, which is propelled along by Pugach’s drumming. “Coming Here” opens with a few tasty bars from trombonist Mike Fahie, followed by some pointed interplay from the ensemble, before trumpeter Ingrid Jensen shows her biting attack. As the melody weaves in and out with soloists finding their space, […]