Singer Fred Farell brings an introspective sensibility to this album and has gathered a group of songs that are appropriate for his introverted and quietly aspirational lyrics.
Toward the Unknown is a well-wrought, well-rendered recording — one worthy of serious attention.
The communication among the group members is at a high level and the playing is flawless.
Bob Brookmeyer’s great contribution was to make it seem as though anything is possible — and permissible –in the big band context.
The music on Accent’s album is lovely and the singers render the arrangements with skill and commitment.
Singer Sara Serpa refracts, bends, suspends, and shifts sounds and syllables, creating a kind of linguistic limbo.
There was an easy depth to the music, if such is possible, as if the musicians were digging in hard, but with the relaxed assurance that comes of a shared vision.
I’ve never run across music like this and never had even a platonic notion of what such a hybrid would sound like.
The Curtis Brothers performance was a display of the mentoring system at its best.