David Ullmann Quintet | Falling

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by David Ullmann Quintet

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1. When
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2. March
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3. Gesture
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4. Second Chance
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5. Falling
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6. Cycles
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7. Reckon
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New York jazz guitarist's second release (4.0 stars)
offers Ullmann's (b. 1972) seven postbop originals, which are decent compositions but nothing particularly memorable. The quintet's best soloists happen to be vibraphonist Chris Dingman and tenor saxist Karel Ruzicka Jr., whose timbre and phrasing is kind of Breckerish. The bandleader's clear-tone guitar elaborations to each song remind me of a moderate mixture of Metheny and Abercrombie. The rhythm section comprised of Gary Wang on upright bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums could have brought more dynamism to the proceedings, especially the drum part could have been more pronounced instead of Sperrazza's light touch and cymbal-drive.

The album kicks off with the cool and suspensful 'when', followed by the anticipatory #2 'march' with an integrated drum solo. #3 'gesture' strikes me as a mid-tempo reverie on a sunny day, featuring sinewy guitar, fine vibraphone and nuanced sax contributions. The longest track (8.50) called #4 'second chance' has extensive guitar and vibraphone segments, in addition to Ruzicka's elegiac horn. The title song #5 'falling' starts out in a modernish vein, quickly becoming lyrical like a carefree lullaby. Folk-pop beginning gives way to some driving tempo for the improvisations on #6 'cycles'. The concluding track #7 'reckon' proves to be a cold, off-beat jazz blues with hypnotic tenor being backed up with some slight vibraphone abstractions by Dingman. Total time: 46.28 min.

The guitarist's latest album "Corduroy" (2014, Little Sky Records) finds four members of the present quintet being augmented to an octet.