Tokyo bassist Jeff Curry comes from the Mingus school of hard bop, and it shows. His agile fingerwork is closer to dancing than playing, a subtle but propulsive force that drives a tight, straightahead bop combo without stepping on any toes. Curry is every small ensemble's dream rhythm leader, lending power, but never needing glory.
Jeff Curry Releases "In Pieces"
Tokyo, Japan - April 4, 2005 bassist / composer Jeff Curry releases his new album "In Pieces." "In Pieces" features an acoustic jazz quintet playing all original music. The band, comprised of Neil Stalnaker on trumpet, Katsuya Moroto on piano, Norihiko Hibino on sax, and Masashi Tomikawa on drums is a tight knit, international group.
The music contained on "In Pieces" ranges from hard bop to free form and has an overall feeling of contemplative quite intensity. The title track is a cinematic, through-composed piece that really sparks the imagination. With each listen of the album you begin to understand that this composer is trying to tell a story. The songs are about the process of learning to be your own person. You can tell by reading the song titles that this is not going to be your standard jazz record.