Re-release of Plunge’s debut recording remastered at 24 bit. Falling with Grace brings together some of the strongest and most inventive players in the genre: BOB MOSES on drums, MARCUS ROJAS on tuba, AVISHAI COHN on bass, and MARK McGRAIN on trombone and alphorn. Arranged for two bass instruments and with an emphasis on percussion, the twelve engaging McGrain-penned originals groove deeply. From New Orleans second-line verve to after-hours jazz swagger, Caribbean and African beats combine with the funk and urban sound of the street to provide musical surprises around every corner. With brilliant, mysterious production from Tom Dube, “Falling wtih Grace” is both atmospheric and punchy.
NPR hailed Falling with Grace “the freshest album of its type.” DownBeat awarded it four stars and called it “remarkable -- grooves as wide as a house,” and d Wired Magazine raved, “Eminently danceable, grooves so hot they stick in your head for hours.” It remained in the top 20 on the CMJ jazz charts for twelve weeks and was a finalist for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. With compositions and performance that proved accessible not only to the jazz audience but also to rock, funk, and groove audiences, Plunge crossed into a wider market shared with the likes of Medeski Martin and Wood, Charlie Hunter, and Stanton Moore.
Bassist AVISHAI COHEN is an internationally reknown composer and artist with performance and recording credits that include Chick Corea, Danilo Perez, Paquito D'Rivera, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Alicia Keys, Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, the London, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Pops Symphony.
Drummer BOB MOSES is one of the living legends in jazz having played with Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, Dave Liebman, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Danillo Perez, David Sanchez, Sam Rivers, and Pharoah Sanders to name only a few!
Tubist MARCUS ROJAS is considered one of "the best all around tuba players in the world" (Harvey Pekar,Jazziz). A veteran of Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Gil Evans, George Russell, Wayne Shorter, Henry Threadgill, the Metropolitan Opera, the American Symphony and countless others.
Trombonist/Composer MARK McGRAIN has performed with many New Orleans artists including Cyril Neville, Michael Ray, The Anders Osborne Band, Kirk Joseph and has appearanced with Medeski Martin and Wood, Al Grey and others; composer for PBS, former Berklee College of Music faculty member, author: Music Notation, Hal Leonard Publications.
Album tracks (stand-outs in Bold: 1, 2, 3, 5, & 11):
1. Wagdanz (8:58) – rowdy, energetic brass band street groove, throbbing jazz funk.
2. 394 (10:26) – particularly funky, soulful intro of between tuba and trombone.
3. Beneath the Wheel (4:31) – vibrant, syncopated muscularity, second-line with an Afro-Cuban kick.
4. Reveille (:39) – meditative interlude, solo alphorn.
5. Just Like Alice (4:57) – seductive, Egyptian-flavored mind bender with a missing beat.
6. Dog (4:02) – ragged-edged, foaming-at-the-mouth romp, electrified trombone, rock pandemonium.
7. The Mist (4:49) – appealing ballad, melodic beauty, wistful brass interplay.
8. Rafael’s Drum / H.S.L.E. (1:40) – djembe solo by Bob Moses.
9. Mungo (5:54) – funky concerted horn melody, richly percussive bass and drum groove.
10. 11:11 (5:58) – restless, rolling soundscape ala a Brazilian samba beat.
11. Trick of the Light (5:50) – liltingly melodic, sweet, naive, relaxed easy feel.
12. Running, Running (3:46) -- playful duet between Moses’ drums and McGrain’s alphorn.